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Learning from European neighbours

On invitation of the Styrian Humane Technology Cluster, a delegation from Saxony-Anhalt with around 20 delegates visited the Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz (GGZ) on June 27 to exchange ideas on “Active and Healthy Aging” in order to “learn from European neighbours “. A deeper cooperation with the Styrian AHA reference region is foreseen for the future. Representatives from business and science of the health sector of Saxony-Anhalt were led by Digital State Secretary Thomas Wünsch.

Some Styrian initiatives were presented – including the RegionAAL project. Following the presentation, several topics were discussed, like composition of the group of participants, the products in use for the pilot and continuation after the project end. The event ended with a visit to the model apartment at the Albert Schweitzer Training Centre of the GGZ.

ANDA Nursing Symposium 2018

Our project RegionAAL was presented at the Nursing Symposium 2018 of the Austrian Nurse Directors Association (ANDA). The symposium took place from 6 to 8 June 2018 in beautiful St. Veit im Pongau. The ANDA working group deals with current questions and developments in nursing management and supports the establishment of a communication network between nursing experts in Europe.

The latest scientific and practical findings on the main topic “Nursing Management 4.0: Big Data – Robotic – Digitization: Fiction and Reality!” were presented by internationally renowned speakers and deepened in workshops with the participants. The health, safety and communication assistance technologies deployed in RegionAAL were presented and demonstrated in workshop 2 on “Technological support for intra- and extra-mural care”, which was held four times due to keen interest.

Second model apartment furnished

Modern technologies that support older people and caregivers in their daily lives are becoming increasingly important. This should increase the quality of life for older people.

Since May 2018, the second RegionAAL model apartment is available. It was established by the Sozialverein Deutschlandsberg in Stainz. In this model apartment, the research project RegionAAL will be made available to all those interested, to show how older people can be assisted to live longer, where they feel comfortable and where they are used to live: in their own home!

Visits are possible after registration.

Contact: Sozialverein Deutschlandsberg, Unterer Platz 7b , 8530 Deutschlandsberg

  • Mrs. Mitteregger (03462 – 21172)
  • Mr. Steiner (0664 – 24 48 728)

First model apartment presented

The Geriatric Health Centres of the City of Graz opened the first training centre for family carers in Styria (“Albert Schweitzer Trainingszentrum”). The mayor of Graz – Siegfried Nagl – was also present at the opening ceremony.

The guests at the event on 1 March 2018 showed great interest both in future courses on nursing activities by relatives and in the possibilities of the supporting technologies in our model apartment, which is also located in the training centre.

10th Forum Media Technology

© FH St. Pölten

Kerstin Löffler and Kurt Majcen submitted a paper about our project RegionAAL for the category “Ambient Assisted Living and Digital Healthcare” within 10th Forum Media Technology at FH-St. Pölten.

The paper was presented on 30 November 2017. It was well received by many people as self-determined ageing in dignity is becoming more and more important to many people in our society.

AAL Forum 2017

This year’s AAL Forum took place in Coimbra (Portugal) from 2 to 4 October. A series of interactive workshops were offered in the forum programme. The Austrian AAL regions organized one of the Workshops (“Pilot studies as enabler for the market introduction of AAL Solutions”) which dealt with a number of aspects that are important when preparing and performing a pilot region with a field trial.

Three regions were participating in the workshop. The Styrian region RegionAAL presented “Which (AAL) technologies to choose / to use?”, Smart VitAALity from Carinthia told about “Boundaries for planning pilot studies” and West-AAL from Tyrol and Vorarlberg showed “Study results as basis for follow-up activities”. In addition the study EvAALuation provided “Indicators for evaluating the impact of AAL solutions”. The second part of the workshop was dedicated to an interesting fishbowl discussion. Specific questions raised in the presentations were discussed with the audience to get a picture into which directions AAL test regions may head in the future.

Hello WAALTeR!

Rather at the beginning of our project we visited the predecessing AAL test regions in Burgenland and Salzburg respectively Tirol. We wanted to learn from them and exchange experiences.

On 5 July 2017 WAALTeR, one of the more recent regions, visited us. We could give a lot of practical information and lessons to our guests from Vienna and Lower Austria. Afterwards we could show the demo appartement at Geriatrische Gesundheitszentren der Stadt Graz. Topics in our discussion were:

  • Requirements and users,
  • technical components and systems,
  • trial planning and tools,
  • recruting and experiences with participants so far,
  • installation and rollout and
  • the demo appartement.

The participants from both projects were involved in very intense discussions. Due to that we “prolongued” our session from three to nearly four hours…

Photo: Karin Kienzl-Plochberger

eHealth Summit Austria 2017

group photo
Photo: Markus Garschall

The six Austrian AAL test regions organized a workshop at the eHealth Summit Austria 2017. The workshop with title „Assistive solutions put into practice – Experiences from the Austrian AAL pilot regions“ had two sessions (as extracted from the programme):

  • Presentation of the region projects with their lessons learnt
    WAALTeR: Planning phase – Challenges related to preparing the project proposal
    Smart VitAALity: Planning phase – Boundaries for planning pilot studies
    RegionAAL: Requirements specification and system design – involvement of users
    ZentrAAL: Pilot study – Preparation, organization and implementation
    moduLAAr: Pilot study – Technological and organizational challenges in the field
    West-AAL: Pilot study – Study results as basis for follow-up activities
Fishbowl explanation on slide
Photo: Julia Sauskojus
  • open discussion in a fishbowl like style
    Which criteria play a crucial role for successfully implementing and deploying AAL and similar solutions? (from legal and ethical viewpoint, from a user perspective, from a technical viewpoint, from an organizational and financial viewpoint)
    Can experiences and best practices be transferred? (to other national and international pilot regions, to similar pilot projects in the health sector)

Maria Fellner (JOANNEUM RESEARCH / DIGITAL) represented RegionAAL.