Vote for RRD – Innovation Radar Prize 2016!

We are short-listed for the Innovation Radar Prize 2016 of the European Commission! Based on our ICT supported services for healthy aging “PERSSILAA project” and the Dutch spin-of and scale-up “Langgezond.nl”. This means that we are considered to be among the top 10 Research and Innovation Actions of the ICT subprogram with respect to the innovation potential.

We developed an online, multidimensional screening tool to self-assess general health status, physical, cognitive and nutritional state and train these via separate modules. The ICT supported services will prevent fraility and functional decline and transform our care system from a too costly, too fragmented reactive disease oriented system into a sustainable personalized proactive self-managed system.

Since April 2016 it has been offered to over 10,0000  aged persons via more than 30 GP’s in 4 municipalities with the involvement of 6 welfare organisations. The societal RoI (Return on Investment) is positive with costs of ± €19 per user paid to the entity by municipalities. This innovation is foreseen to be scaled up to more regional municipalities in the Netherlands and to the municipalities in the region of Campania in Italy around 2016/2017.

The Innovation Radar is an initiative of the European Commission focusing on the identification of high potential innovations and the key innovators behind them in FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects. The best 4 innovations will pitch before a jury at the ICT Proposers Days 2016 held in Bratislava on 26 and 27 of September 2016. The nomination is accompanied with a public opinion poll. Visit the Innovation Radar website and click on ‘vote’ if you think, we have the most innovative initiative.

– by Wander Kenter (LinkedIn)

PERSSILAA research at ECPP’16 in Angers

Between the 28th of June and the 1st of July, Miriam Cabrita (Roessingh Research and Development, NL) attended the 8th European Conference on Positive Psychology (ECPP) held in Angers, France. Miriam presented her ideas on the role of technology on bringing the knowledge on the daily functioning and positive emotions of older adults beyond its current state of the art. Her presentation was based on a systematic review of the literature that was recently accepted in the journal Aging & Mental Health (expected publication in July 2016). Secondly, Miriam presented a poster showing part of the results of her study on the influence of daily environments on physical activity and pleasure of older adults.

PERSSILAA researchers at ICT4AWE’16 in Rome

The 2nd International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies for Ageing Well and e-Health (www.ict4ageingwell.org) took place on the 21st and 22nd of April 2016 in Rome, Italy. Two researchers of the PERSSILAA project presented their work to a multidisciplinary audience.

Miriam Cabrita introduced her PhD research during the Doctoral Consortium session in a presentation entitled: “Technology based interventions to promote healthy and active ageing: the role of positive emotions and physical activity” (paper available here).

Frederiek de Vette presented her pilot study ‘Exploring personality and game preferences in the younger and older population’, which was accepted as a short paper (available online here).

Integrated approaches and the role of nutritional literacy for a healthy ageing symposium

The symposium entitled “Integrated approaches and the role of nutritional literacy for a healthy ageing” has been accepted by the Scientific Committee of the 12th Congress of the European Union Geriatric Medicine Society (EUGMS), that will held in Lisbon, Portugal, from the 5th to the 7th of October 2016.

The symposium will be chaired by Prof. Dr. Amélia P. Rauter (Centro de Química e Bioquímica, Departamento de Química e Bioquímica, Faculdade de Ciências, Universidade de Lisboa), coordinator of the PERSSILAA Portuguese team. The invited speakers are the following:

Prof. Dr. Miriam Vollenbroek (University Twente, Telemedicine group, Enschede, The Netherlands) who will present the new service model to screen for and prevent frailty in community dwelling older adults, developed by the PERsonalised ICT Supported Service for Independent Living and Active Ageing (PERSSILAA) (www.perssilaa.eu) project;

Dr. Helena Soares da Cost (Research and Development Unit, Department of Food and Nutrition, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, I.P), who will present the innovative website nutriageing.fc.ul.pt, created  by PERSSILAA Portuguese team to be a major platform for the transfer of scientific knowledge into advice to the general public, and integrated also in the PERSSILAA platform. An overview of the website three main sections on healthy eating, recipes and videos, and vegetable gardens will be performed and the information will be briefly explained, paying a particular attention to the nutrition literacy offered in the section “Healthy eating”.

Prof. Dr. Tobias Hartmann (Universtät des Saarlandes, Areas of Neurology and Psychiatry), who will discuss about the contribution of diet and medical food for the prevention of Alzheimer’s dementia. Dietary components identified to positively interfere with the disease process reducing disease progression will be identified and the successful trials of the three major European studies (FINGER, MAPT and LipiDiDiet) will be reviewed and discussed the potential and limitations of those approaches.


Festival for a Healthy Life in Lisbon

The Festival for a Healthy Life (Festival Vida Saudável) was organized on the 4th of March in 2016 aiming at disclosing the benefits of the PERSSILAA Project and of the website Nutriageing.fc.ul.pt to the scientific and the community of the Lisbon municipality. Co-organized by the Faculty of Sciences and the Lisbon Municipality, it comprised two sessions: the morning session at the Fundação da Faculdade de Ciências, and the afternoon session, at the Mercado da Ribeira, the Lisbon’s main food market since 1892, when it opened with an iron interior and a large oriental dome. In 2014 it was taken over by Time Out Lisboa magazine, whose management added stalls offering food and traditional local products as well as an amphitheater for conferences and events Download PDF


Project plenary meeting at UPM

On the 11th and 12th of April, the PERSSILAA consortium met at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid for a very fruitful meeting to make a point of situation of the project. Representatives of all partners presented the latest updates in the different tasks of the project and actions points were taken for the third year of the project. As the project is coming to its end, special attention was given to the exploitation and dissemination activities. Exciting period is coming ahead!


EIP-AHA interview on PERSSILAA

PERSSILAA project partners are very active in the dissemination of PERSSILAA activities within the EIP-AHA, especially the A3 group on functional decline and frailty. The results of PERSSILAA support the challenges we face in our European society, as is explained by Dr. Maddelena Illario, and fit  the renovated action plan very well, as is being explained by Prof. Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten on this movie.

Symposium Healthy Ageing in Overijssel

On November 19th 2015, Roessingh Research and Development and University of Twente organized a symposium on ‘Healthy Ageing in Overijssel’ in the Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede. PERSSILAA and Langgezond.nl were among the initiatives that were discussed in order to bring healthcare professionals, government, insurance companies, care institutions and of course the older adults themselves closer together. The attendees were very enthusiastic about the content of the symposium. This symposium will be the first step towards in order to establish a network to prevent frailty and a more active collaboration between the different stakeholders.


Documents of this symposium can be found here:

Introduction to Symposium
Keynote prof. Walburg
Presentation J. Binnenmars
Presentation L. Marinussen
Presentation M. Vollenbroek
Presentation H. Hermens

Master graduation on PERSSILAA

Master Student Fiona Uelderink, Health Sciences at University of Twente, finished her master assignment on “The experience with and the usability of the PERSSILAA online exercise program – a study in prefrail older adults” within the PERSSILAA project.

Article on PERSSILAA in Senioren Overijssel

Miriam Vollenbroek wrote an article on PERSSILAA and local related project Lang Gezond (www.langgezond.nl). Translated excerpt: “Everyone wants to reach an old age, but only when remaining healthy. The positive side is that older adults can partially influence their own health. Regular exercise and proper nutrition are very valuable here. But not everyone has discovered this fact, as was recently researched by Miriam Vollenbroek and her research group Telemedicine at Roessingh.” The article is in Dutch and can also be found here.


Symposium: Healthy Ageing in Overijssel

On November 19th 2015, Roessingh Research and Development is organising a symposium on ‘Healthy Ageing in Overijssel’ in the Grolsch Veste stadium in Enschede. PERSSILAA and Langgezond.nl are among the initiatives that will be discussed in order to bring healthcare professionals, government, insurance companies, care institutions and of course the older adults themselves closer together.

Please find the full info folder (in Dutch): Symposium Gezond ouder worden in Overijssel.

PERSSILAAs Interoperability challenge presented at AAATE 2015

This Saturday, Lex van Velsen (senior researcher at RRD) will present the challenges that the PERSSILAA project has faced when creating an interoperable ICT infrastructure. He will present this at the 2015 conference on advancing assistive technology and eAccessibility for people with disabilities and the aging population, to be held in Budapest, Hungary. The main lesson we learned is that creating interoperability may be very well feasible from a technical point of view (thanks to the different standards that allow sharing of data among health technologies), a strong focus on how to process data on a human and organizational level is also an important prerequisite. If we can exchange data, what data do healthcare players want to send or receive? What actions should they take based upon this data? Do they have the resources for acting upon data that has been exchanged?

More information about the conference can be found here: www.aaate2015.eu

The paper that will be presented can be found here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26294581

First experience with cognitive module PERSSILAA platform

The previous months various partners of the PERSSILAA project worked on the development of the cognitive module of the PERSSILAA platform. The cognitive module is adjusted to the needs of pre-frail older adults and based on the Guttmann NeuroPersonal Trainer. This self-management module gives pre-frail older adults the opportunity to train their cognitive capacity.

Several older adults tested the separate cognitive games of this first Dutch version of the cognitive module and were very enthusiastic about it.  Next to these first usability tests the Dutch PERSSILAA advisory board had the opportunity to test this module. On Tuesday June 23 the members of the advisory board were invited. First, the current version of the PERSSILAA platform was discussed as these members just finalized the maintenance phase of the physical module. After a short introduction the older adults randomly picked some games to play. The first games were quite easy to play. However, the following games were more challenging. The members were very positive and willing to use the cognitive module.

At this moment the Dutch version of the cognitive module is adjusted based on the remarks of the older adults; small adjustments as typos. In the following weeks the first older adults are asked to visit the Roessingh Research & Development (RRD) and learn to use the cognitive module. In the first week of July the second intervention study will start in the Netherlands. During this second intervention study, the older adults use the second version of the PERSSILAA platform containing a physical and cognitive self-management module.

Minutes of the advisory board meeting of 23-6-2015 can be found here.


An Article in the Ronduit Roessingh Magazine

Ronduit Roessingh is the magazine of the rehabilitation center Het Roessingh, located in Enschede, the Netherlands. The edition of April 2015 includes an article fully dedicated to PERSSILAA entitled Stay Healthy as long as possible with PERSSILAA (Original title: Zo lang mogelijk gezond met PERSSILAA). The article introduces the project and includes statements from Stephanie Kosterink (a researcher of Roessingh Research and Development), one older participant and a general practitioner.

Mrs. Kamp received a letter from her general practitioner introducing PERSSILAA, and after the two screening phases, she was suggested to join the PERSSILAA program. Currently Mrs. Kamp follows the online physical training three times a week on her iPad and she is surprised with how good she feels. The healthcare professional interviewed is also satisfied, stating that the PERSSILAA project is very important in identifying members in the community that have minor [functional] limitations and that otherwise would not be identified. In those cases an intervention would probably come too late.

To read the full article (in Dutch) please  visit http://www.ronduitroessingh.nl/


PERSSILAA Demo Video in EIP Compilation

The European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing compiled a set of videos of relevant projects for the occasion of the European Summit on Innovation for Active and Healthy Ageing held on the 9/10th of March in Brussels. The demonstration video of PERSSILAA can be found on the minute 11:12.

Poster Presentation at ICAMPAM 2015

On the 12th of June Miriam Cabrita, Junior Researcher at Roessingh Research and Development, presented a poster entitled Relating physical activity, pleasure and daily satisfaction in older adults: a pilot study, in the 4th International Conference on Ambulatory Monitoring of Physical Activity and Movement (ICAMPAM 2015) held in Limerick, Ireland. This poster presents the results of a pilot study with 5 older adults who, during approximately 30 days, were monitored for, among other factors, physical activity, pleasure and daily satisfaction. Miriam concluded that it is important to consider individual differences and context information when trying to establish a relation between physical activity and positive emotional factors. The results of this study will be used in the further development of the monitoring module of PERSSILAA.

Poster available here

An Interview with Prof. Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten in the Leven Magazine

Sufficient exercise and a varied diet; this is the message for the elderly who would like to avoid GPs’ waiting rooms as long as possible. They will shortly receive help via a special exercise computer program that detects significant deterioration to their health. This is one of the main research topics of Professor Miriam Vollenbroek-Hutten. The research begins in September 2015  and takes place in four municipalities of the Twente region.

View the full article in Dutch

Older adults as co-designers of the PERSSILAA platform

Today (Tuesday March 17, 2015) a meeting of the advisory board of the PERSSILAA project was organized. Participants of the PERSSILAA project, older adults living in the Twente region, were invited to Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) premises.  After some short introduction, the participants discussed their first experience with the online exercise program. This program is a 12 weeks program to increase the level of physical fitness of the older adults with functional decline on the physical domain. The follow-up of this program is a 12 weeks online self-management program to maintain this level of physical fitness.  After 6 weeks of use the participants were very enthusiastic and had some good remarks to improve the program for a future release.  As the participants all participated in the first and second screening of the PERSSILAA project, their experience with these two screening moments were also discussed. Finally, the participants got a sneak peek into future developments in the PERSSILAA project, such as the device which can be used to monitor physical activity and the MyHealthFrame. As co-designers of the PERSSILAA platform their opinion to these future developments is very important. Theirt opinion provides researchers the knowledge whether these developments will be adapted by their most important end-user. The next advisory board meeting will be planned in June.

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Kick-off Langgezond.nl project

Langgezond.nl builds on services that are developed within the PERSSILAA project. Langgezond.nl provides ICT services for the ageing population, helping them to remain physically healthy independently as long as possible. RRD is one of the partners for this project.

The original press release can be found here.

The project website is www.langgezond.nl

PERSSILAA well-represented at the International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research

December 11th, 2014 On April 23-25 2015, the International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia will be held in Boston. At this conference researchers and healthcare professionals from all over the world will gather to present and discuss the latest research on frailty and sarcopenia. The PERSSILAA project will also be presented here. Lex van Velsen will present the (development of) the service model behind PERSSILAA and Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink will present the innovative study design that will be used to evaluate the PERSSILAA services. Both topics were accepted as oral communications and the abstracts for each presentation will be published in the Journal of Frailty & Aging.

More information about the conference can be found here: http://www.frailty-sarcopenia.com/index.php

Second screening has started

December 1st, 2014 Last week, the second screening for PERSSILAA started. One hundred people from the region of Hengelo are participating.


Poster presentation PERSSILAA at MIRA event

December 1st, 2014 On thursday November 27th, the biannual MIRA event took place in the Grolsch Veste. Research institute MIRA from University of Twente organises this event for researchers, medical professionals and the the industry, to explore opportunities for collaboration, to inspire and to inform. PERSSILAA was also visible on this event, by a poster presentation by Hossein Nassabi. Besides his work, the poster also showed the work of Miriam Cabrita and Frederiek de Vette.


First year review

November 18th, 2014 For the annual review in Brussels an informative video was created, showing the workings of the PERSSILAA platform and modules.

Newspaper article about PERSSILAA in Tubantia

September 29th, 2014 Regional newspaper Tubantia from the Netherlands published an article on PERSSILAA, titled “Gezondheidsproject van Roessingh Research”. A translation: “Staying active and healthy longer: this is the goal of the health project PERSSILAA, initiated by Roessing Research and Development. This week, elderly in neighbourhood Stadsveld in Enschede are first to participate. The participants, aged 65 and up, are asked to fill in questionnaires online, based on which their health is evaluated. Afterwards, they will receive tailored advice to maintain their health. The rationale behind the project is the fact that elderly wait to see their docter until they are really facing problems. Thanks to this online program, elderly that are susceptible to health issues are identified at an early stage. The pro-active health system is developed by Roessing Research, led by prof. dr. Miriam Vollenbroek.” The original article can be found here.

PERSSILAA press release published on Madri+d

June 1st, 2014 Madri+d, a news website specialized in the dissemination of research activities in the Madrid region, published PERSSILAA’s press release online. The article is in Spanish, the header can be translated into “ICT makes elderly less dependent”.

PERSSILAA SNOMED-CT registration succesful

May 28th, 2014 PERSSILAA has successfully registered as one of the projects that are going to use SNOMED-CT for semantic interoperability. SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT) is the most comprehensive, multilingual clinical healthcare terminology in the world, plus the most accepted and used. The use of a standard clinical terminology makes a significant contribution towards improving the quality and safety of healthcare by enabling consistent representation of meaning in an electronic health record. Therefore, PERSSILAA will get benefits and will contribute to the improvement of patient care, providing our future platform with semantic interoperability features.
SNOMED CT is owned, maintained and distributed by the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation (IHTSDO). The IHTSDO is a not-for-profit association, which is owned and governed by its national Members. In April 2014 twenty-seven countries were Members of IHTSDO, more countries are joining every year.
From now on, PERSSILAA will participate as a Research – ICT project in Health in the SNOMED In Ation initiative(http://www.snomedinaction.org/sct-table.html), improving visibility and getting the benefits from the SNOMED-CT community.

Bachelor thesis healthy eating habits for elderly

May 6th, 2014 Within the PERSSILAA project, a bachelor thesis of Creative Technology at University Twente is being developed on the topic: “Ensuring Healthy Eating Habits for Elderly”. Nowadays there is a growing popularity of smartphone applications aiming at nutrition monitoring; however, the majority of these applications require time-consuming manual reporting that is commonly not suitable for the elderly population. Based on the state-of-art automatic dietary monitoring at home and on questionnaires distributed among the elderly population, Yannick intends to identify a set of requirements for a system able to unobtrusively and continuously monitor eating habits of older adults. This work will also establish guidelines on how the system should provide feedback and nutrition related recommendations to the elderly as well as to practitioners and informal caregivers. The assignment should result in a design mock-up of the system.

Italian health professionals and senior citizens enthusiastic about PERSSILAA service

May 1th, 2014 In Campania, the PERSSILAA service is being implemented jointly by Federico II University Hospital, and by two parishes: one is located in Ercolano, and another in Naples, at the borders of the Vomero hill. Recently, a first meeting with all the stakeholders for the service, among them many elderly citizens, was held.

ISG international conference 2014

April 25th, 2014 The ISG (www.gerontechnology.info) biennially organises an international conference (www.isg2014.org) and masterclasses for young researchers and has its own magazine. During one of these masterclasses, the International Society for Gerontology (ISG) for PhD students in Nice, the Best Poster Awards were won by Simone Boerema: not only for the masters (professors) but also for PhDs. The masterclass was organised by ISG masters which were invited to give lectures. They define gerontechnology as ‘designing technology and environment for independent living and social participation of older persons in good health, comfort and safety’. Simone’s poster described her research on physical activity of elderly, how this can be measured and what the differences are between physical activity and sedentary behavour.

A stakeholder meeting for developing a screening process

January 30th, 2014 Halfway February, a meeting with all the stakeholders will be held to work on a process for screening for and preventing frailty. The participants will think about questions like: Who to invite for a screening? Whom can we screen online, and whom should we screen in a face-to-face setting? Based on this session, a first process will be developed which will then be evaluated with players in the field.

Towards screening functional decline

January 30th, 2014 In the PERSSILAA consortium, the first steps are taken in developing a shared vision regarding the screening of functional decline. Based on the knowledge and experience of the various project partners a first set of screening tool has been gathered. Next to general screening tools for frailty, such as the Groninger Frailty Indicator (GFI), other questionnaires are added to assess cognitive or physical functional decline and nutritional status. To be continued.

PERSILLAA: the Kick off

January 30th, 2014 On the 7th and 8th of November, the PERSSILAA project has been kicked off in Enschede, the Netherlands. All parties gathered in Holland to discuss their plans and visions regarding the future of screening for and preventing frailty.