Adaptive Ambient Empowerment of the Elderly (A2E2)
04 / 2009 - 04 / 2013
A²E² combines state-of-the-art psychological knowledge on elderly users' requirements for sustained behaviour change with modern ICT technology in suggesting an adaptive ambient solution for the prevention and management of two of the most prevalent chronic diseases in the elderly, and thus, resulting in a higher quality of life. Specifically, A²E² stimulates beneficial levels of exercising in elderly individuals who are at risk to come down with diabetes type II and cardio-vascular diseases. Furthermore, it supports exercise behaviour changes in patients who have already been diagnosed with these diseases in stabilizing or even reversing their condition. The focus on physical activity was chosen as exercise is recognized as a crucial element for the prevention, cure, and management of many chronic illnesses including diabetes type II and cardio-vascular diseases and directly related to physical and mental health and hereby substantially contributing to well-being and quality of live. The A²E² approach integrates a variety of management strategies that are tailored towards the elderly individual by taking relevant personal, social, and environmental factors into consideration. One of the main problems in common AAL solutions is the acceptance of the systems by the users. To emphasize the benefit and convenience for the user A²E² introduces a digital 3D coach that mediates person input and system output and presents itself in a personalized, credible, easy to handle, and enjoyable way. Contrary to many available ICT solutions which failed to attract a sustained end user acceptance, A²E² applies advanced motivational models and involves the user in the design process. A²E² thus turns traditional AAL from head to toe by giving control back to the user and by ascertaining deliberate and enjoyable use of the technology and interaction between all the actors in the social-health care delivery chain.