Daily life module within LHAB study
To complement the long-term longitudinal assessment protocol and link long-term trajectories with short-term dynamics, a subsample of the LHAB core sample will be monitored using smartphones and other sensors (“uTrail”) in an abbreviated protocol based on the MOASIS project (see below).
Project status: planned
Contact: Dr. Susan Mérillat
Novel Empowering Solutions and Technologies for Older people to Retain Everyday life activities (NESTORE project)
This H2020 European project from the call on “Personalized coaching for well-being and care of people as they age” involves an interdisciplinary and participatory approach to develop a technology-based coaching platform that helps sustain quality of life in older adults. NESTORE is designed to act as an e-companion that operates through tangible objects, wearable and environmentally distributed sensor systems, as well as a dedicated software and app that enable monitoring and individualized coaching (by means of an advanced Decision Support System) in five key domains of human life: cognitive functioning, nutrition, physiological status and physical activity, social interaction and integration, and subjective wellbeing. The NESTORE system will be co-developed with potential users in three pilot countries (Italy, Netherlands, Spain) based on a participatory methodology developed and refined in the UK.
Mobility, activity and social interactions in the lives of healthy older adults (MOASIS project)
In this project we monitor activity data from 150+ community-dwelling older adults aged 65+ years over 30 days using a custom-built sensor (“uTrail”) including a GPS tracker, an accelerometer, and a microphone to capture mobility (i.e., spatial activity), physical activity and social activity in daily life. In addition, during the first 2 weeks of wearing the uTrail, participants respond to seven daily prompts from a smartphone and record their current experiences, perceptions and feelings as well as perform a short numerical updating task as a measure of momentary working memory performance in daily life. The goal of the project is to examine within-person activity profiles both within and across domains, within-person couplings between activities, self-reports and cognition, and the degree to which a wide range of dispositional quality of life and performance measures can explain interindividual differences in the intraindividual profiles.
Project status: ongoing
Contact: Dr. Christina Röcke
Older adults’ day-to-day contact with and help from neighbors
The importance of neighborhoods increases in old age, primarily as a result of increasing mobility limitations and place attachment with advancing age. Feeling connected to neighbors and the neighborhood contributes to older adults' well-being due to the sense of belonging and attachment that is often generated. This intensive, 20-day micro-longitudinal study focused on the within-person associations between neighborhood contacts and daily well-being in older adults to investigate how contact with neighbors plays out in real-life contexts and how it relates to daily well-being. The ambulatory assessment approach involved GPS-enabled smartphone measurements with thrice-daily digital questionnaires for self-reporting.
Project status: ongoing
Contact: Alexander Seifert