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PreventIT: Early risk detection and prevention of functional decline in young older adults with ICT support

Lifestyle, disease and biology put older people at risk of functional decline, leading to falls, cognitive impairment, frailty, and negative consequences for quality of life. In PreventIT, we develop mobile technology that enables early identification of risk factors for functional decline in younger older adults. Furthermore, in PreventIT we develop and evaluate a unique ICT-based intervention, delivered on a smartphone and smartwatch, with activities integrated in daily life and taking into account each person's individual motivation, needs, and barriers. To this end, PreventIT brings together a strong interdisciplinary consortium with previous impact in the field of ageing and ICT. For more information visit the PreventIT website.

Project Parameters

Launch Date: 2016
Funding: EC, Horizon 2020 (no. 689238)

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