REACH

REACH – Responsive Engagement of the Elderly promoting Activity and Customized Healthcare

REACH aims to develop a service system that will turn clinical and care environments into personalisable modular sensing, prevention, and intervention systems that encourage the elderly to become healthy via activity.

REACH represents a solution that seeks to reduce Long Term Care (LTC). It does this by serving as a personalized system for promoting and monitoring the activity of elderly citizens in order to reduce their risk of loss of function and associated morbidities (e.g., cardiovascular and neurological disorders/ diseases, depression, falls due to motor disabilities, etc.). Evidence from numerous rigorous studies demonstrate that increased levels of physical activity substantially improves health in older adults. In highly industrialized countries, where people are living longer, the levels of chronic health conditions are increasing and the levels of physical activity are declining.

Objectives

REACH aims to develop a personalized prevention and intervention system that promotes the activity of the elderly by monitoring and evaluating their daily habits, considering both personal medical history as well as real-time gathered data from a series of wearable and embedded sensors, in order to mitigate loss of function and to arrest associated and/or consequential morbidities via a number of physical and virtual activity intervention modules added to care environments without modifying the infrastructure.

Moreover, the aim is to create a service system that will turn clinical and care environments into personalisable modular sensing, prevention, and intervention systems that encourage the elderly to become healthy via activity (physical, cognitive, mobility, personalized food, etc.). Based on the large body of recent studies and in particular the European SHARE study, we estimate that the target group of older citizens in European societies who may be able to engage in and gain from the REACH monitoring and activation platform is between 15% and 25% of the ≥65 population.

Target group:

  • Elderly at risk regarding loss of function
  • Elderly with low physical activity levels

Target settings:

  • Home care
  • Care homes
  • Rehabilitation facilities
  • Hospitals

FUNDING

EU
This project has received funding from European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 690425.

Contact

Henning Boje Andersen
Professor
DTU Management Engineering
+45 45 25 45 44

Contact

Henning Langberg
Professor
Department of Public Health
+45 35 33 72 28

Contact

Jakob Sylvest Nielsen
Centerchef
Lyngby-Taarbæk Kommune

Contact

Henrik Hautop Lund
Professor
DTU Electrical Engineering
+45 45 25 39 29
http://www.cachet.dk/research/research-projects/reach2020
12 DECEMBER 2017