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RAPP will be present at the 57th Conference of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG)

RAPP will be present at the 57th Conference of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG)

This year will be held in San Sebastian, Spain, the 57th Conference of the Spanish Society of Geriatrics and Gerontology (SEGG) whose motto is “Building bridges, from the opportunity to the privilege of aging”. San Sebastián is a city linked by bridges, which gives rise to the motto of the conference, meaning joining efforts and knowledge between professionals of different areas and older people for a better understanding of the process of aging that will allow us to improve the quality of life of the elderly.

In the framework of the RAPP project, older people and health professionals from Matia’s Bermingham Hospital, and researchers from INRIA and Matia Institute have worked together to design the ANG-med smart walker that will support older people and their caregivers in the rehabilitation process after a hip fracture. The outcomes of the user centered design method to collect the user requirements related to ANG-med will be shown at the conference in San Sebastian. The older and their caregivers have told us their needs and preferences, they want a smart walker:

  • Adapted to each older person/patient
  • Set up with suitable RApps (robotic applications) for different users
  • Stable and robust
  • Easy to maneuver
  • With a seat
  • With personalized exercises for rehabilitation purposes
  • Very easy patient-rollator interaction
  • That will monitor the walking pattern of the patient and the activity performed with the rollator

In order to meet these requirements, the functionalities of ANG-med have been defined, being the most important: a) the identification of the patient that is using the rollator each time, b) the calibration of the correct position towards the rollator, its detection and communication to the patient to move forward or backward from the walker to find their ideal position, c) the definition of a personalized static and dynamic exercises plan, monitoring of the performed exercises, reporting to the caregiver and feedback to the patient.

On the other hand when implementing those functionalities we have to take into account that the target group is older people not used to new technologies and therefore the interfaces should be very easy to use, as for example simple buttons to start/end an activity, green/red LEDs to indicate the correctness of the position, or a tablet to receive encouraging messages and feedback of their performance with the rollator.

For more information, please visit the SEGG 2015 website.

This article was written by Miren Iturburu, Researcher at the Matia Institute