Within-Person Health Activity Analytics Lab


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.

Project status: ongoing
Contact: Dr. Christina Röcke and Dr. Sabrina Guye


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


Associated projects:
Rhythm (Prof. Dr. Mathias Allemand)
Peach (Prof. Dr. Mathias Allemand)
CoSense (Dr. Andrea Horn)
ParimA (Prof. Dr. Gizem Hülür)
Music Mirror (Dr. Sandra Oppikofer)