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Falls amongst older people are an important health issue for Europe and the rest of the world. Falls are a major cause of injuries amongst older people; a major cost for health services as well as the cause of death, disability and distress for older people and their families.
Falls amongst older people are an important health issue for Europe and the rest of the world. Falls are a major cause of injuries amongst older people; a major cost for health services as well as the cause of death, disability and distress for older people and their families. The EUFF wishes to promote innovative multidisciplinary study and implementation of falls prevention in older people.The EUFF has been launched as a celebration of innovations in tackling this important problem. The aim of the EUFF is to bring together innovators from across the field and to highlight the work of multiple sectors of European research, development and implementation into practice.
The role of the Scientific Committee is to provide guidance, input and direction to all aspects of the Festival programme.
The EU Falls Festival is built upon the collaboration of a number of successful project leaders responsible for delivering a broad range of EU funded falls prevention and ICT projects across Europe.
The Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND) funded by the EC 2013-2016 and dedicated to the dissemination and implemention of best practice in falls prevention across Europe. With 21 partners and a further 14 Associate Members, this thematic network spanned 12 EU countries and contributed to policy and practice through increasing awareness of falls and innovative prevention programmes. For more information on the project and to access 300+ best practice resources in 15 EU languages visit Profound.
The European Innovation Partnership in Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) is a pilot initiative launched by the European Commission to foster innovation in the field of active and healthy ageing. The concept of the EIP is a new approach to EU research and innovation as it brings together relevant actors at EU, national and regional levels across different policy areas to address specific societal challenges. The main objective of the Action Group A2 is to reduce falls by ensuring that new techonologies to monitor falls enter markets faster, connecting research to innovation and strengthening procurements processes. The group also supports the set-up of regional programmes for early diagnonsis and the prevention of falls. The current Action Group brings together over 100 organisations representing 68 multi-stakeholder commitments from regional and national administrations, local authorities, research centres, academia, SMEs and large industry, advocacy organisations from across the EU.
The E-NO FALLS thematic network was to integeate and bring together knowledge, experiences and best practices acquired at EU and international level in the area of fall prevention, intervention and safety, with the aim of coordinating ongoing activities and creating the necessary conditions and consensus of actions plans, standards and stpecifications in view to ensure the widest future replicaiotn and codeplymetn of innovative solutions (with special emphasis on ICT-based ones). For more information visit E-NO FALLS.
Professor Becker is currently Head of Clinical Gerontology and Rehabilitation at RBK where he is also Director of the Competence Centre for Clinical Gerontology overseeing 14 research staff. He is currently a work package leader for the PreventIT project.
Professor of Primary Care & Community Health in School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester. Chris is currently work package lead on the PreventIT project and a member of the EIP AHA AG2.
Lorenzo is Professor of Rehabilitation Engineering & Biomedical Signal Processing at the University of Bologna, Cesena Campus. He is also the director of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research (HST-ICIR) at the University of Bologna. His main research activity is in the area of ICT for ageing and wellbeing, personal health systems, translational research on neuro-motor assessment and rehabilitation.
Arnaud Senn is in charge of Falls Prevention and Integrated Care topics as part of the DG CNECT H2 Digital Social Platforms based at the European Commission.
Associate Professor Kim Delbaere has a background in physiotherapy and is a senior research scientist at Neuroscience Research Australia and University of New South Wales.
Associate Professor Integrated Care & Technology at The Institute of Health Policy and Management Erasmus University
Dr Clifford is based in the department of Clinical Therapies at the University of Limerick. She has been involved in the EI funded eCAALYX project and is currently work package lead on the E-NO FALLS.
Professor Skelton is an exercise physiologist with a scientific research background. She specialises in research and health promotion concerning older adults. She is a work package lead for the ProFounD project.
Principal Scientist at Philips Research Europe, Eindhoven, Heribert has led various internal and international research projects on different areas of communication technology, home-networking and wireless medical systems. He is an Advisory Board member of the ProFouND and a work package leader on iStoppFalls
Dr Catala is the Director of the Research Centre for Dependency and Autonomous Living at UPC.
Wim Rogmans is advisor to the Executive Board of the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe) and representative of EuroSafe in a number of EU-level networks on injury prevention and research.
Nathalie van der Velde is currently the head of the Geriatrics Department at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She chairs the Dutch Network of Fall clinics (NVKG) and the Dutch Falls prevention guideline (update), and is a member of the European Geriatric special interest group in Falls and Fracture prevention.
Dr Judith Kuiper, scientist and project leader at VeiligheidNL, the national leading agency in injury surveillance and injury prevention in the Netherlands. She is involved in various national and international projects aiming to promote evidence based falls prevention for elderly people.
Based at the University of Manchester and responsible for the organsation of the EU Falls Festival and EU projects.
Alderperson Eric van der Burg is responsible for Health and Welfare, Sports and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management and the District of Zuid. Eric van der Burg has been active in Amsterdam politics since 1987 – initially as local council member and a portfolio holder in the District of Zuidoost, then served as a city councillor between 2001 and 2010. In July 2014, Van der Burg began his second term as alderperson.
Dr. Robin Lee leads the Home and Recreation Team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She has served in this capacity since October 2012. As the United States’ leading authority on injury and violence prevention, CDC is actively engaged in studying the best ways to prevent injuries, applying science and creating real-world solutions to keep people safe, healthy, and productive.
Dr Sethi read medicine at Liverpool and worked in internal medicine and then trained in public health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London Deanery. Before joining WHO he worked as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Public Health in London. In the past he has worked on conducting surveys of injuries in refugees in Uganda, evaluating the cost-effectiveness of trauma services in Malaysia, and on the health professional response to domestic violence in London.
Heidrun Mollenkopf is a sociologist and gerontologist. She was Senior Researcher at the German Centre for Research on Ageing (DZFA) at the University of Heidelberg until she retired in December 2004. Since then, she has served as an expert and consultant in several national and European bodies of experts, supporting the wishes, needs and interests of older persons.
Kim Delbaere is an Associate Professor at Neuoscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales. Previously a Senior Research Scientist supported by the Australian NHMRC and a senior lecturer at UNSW, Sydney. She graduated in 2001 as a master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University (Belgium) and completed her PhD in the area of falls in community-dwelling older people in 2005.
Bianca Buurman is an Associate Professor in the department of Care for Older Person’s Department of Geriatrics at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on interventions that prevent disability, readmission and mortality in hospitalized older people, both during their hospital stay, and in the transition from hospital to home.
Professor Masud trained at Christ Church, University of Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After postgraduate training in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a Research Fellow post in St Thomas’ Hospital, London he took up a position of Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at Nottingham in 1994. He has a research and clinical interest in osteoporosis, falls and syncope and has published widely in these areas.
Professor Becker is currently Head of the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (RBK) and a scientist at the Robert Bosch Gesellschaft fG?r Medizinische Forschung (RBMF) Stuttgart overseeing 14 research staff members. From 1993 - 2003 he worked as a consultant in Giessen and Ulm, specialing in internal medicince and geriatrics.
Professor Skelton originally got her first degree in Human Sciences at University College London in 1990 and her PhD in Human and Applied Physiology (Strength, Power and Functional Ability of Healthy Older People) and graduated in 1995. She worked at the Human Performance Laboratory at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and then at University College London before becoming the first recipient of the Research into Ageing Queen Mother Research Fellowships.
Dr Amanda Clifford graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from King's College London and worked clinically in both the NHS and private sectors in the UK. She worked as a Physiotherapist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, NHS Trust in the UK acute medical wards and in rehabilitation clinics, which included elderly, neurological rehabilitation and an outpatient falls clinic.
Dr Emma Stanmore is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Manchester.She originally trained as a specialist community practitioner and worked in a variety of clinical management positions before moving into teaching and research at the University of Manchester. Emma completed a PhD investigating falls incidence, fear of falling and risk factors for people with rheumatoid arthritis and has investigated the cost effectiveness of falls prevention.
Nathalie van der Velde is currently Head of the Geriatrics Department at the Academic Medical Centre in Amsterdam. She is Chair of the Dutch Network of Falls clinics (NVKG) and the Dutch Falls prevention guidelines (update). She is also a member of the European Geriatric special interest group in Falls and Fracture prevention.
Jeffrey M. Hausdorff (BSE, MSME, PhD) is the Director of the Center for the study of Movement, Cognition, and Mobility at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, a full professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and in the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University and a visiting professor at Rush University.
Beatrix Vereijken is Professor in Medicine / Human Movement Science at the Department of Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She has a MSc in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Human Movement Science, both from the Netherlands. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with prof.
Dr. Klaus Pfeiffer is postdoctoral researcher at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation (Stuttgart, Germany) and lecturer at the University of Tübingen, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. His research focuses on cognitive behavioral principles and perspectives in (interdisciplinary) intervention research for older people with chronic conditions and their family caregiver.
Laura Albornos Muñoz BSc. Holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Valladolid. She has been working as a researcher at the Spanish Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute, located at Nursing Research Unit (Investén-isciii), since 2010. She has been Scientifc Comitte from international conferences.
Dr. Luca Palmerini is research fellow at the University of Bologna and adjunct professor of the “Biomedical Signals & Data Processing” course of the Master degree in Electronic Engineering. He received his master degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2007 from the University of Padua and his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Bologna.
Bex has 28 years experience in delivering exercise programs across a range of populations, settings and sectors and for 13 years has been at the forefront of delivery of exercise to frailer older people and stroke survivors of all ages, and in supporting teams/services to develop evidence based exercise continuums for clinical populations.
Kilian Rapp studied medicine in Tübingen and Berlin and specialised in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He did postgraduate studies in Public Health at Ulm University and worked at the Institute of Epidemiology, Ulm University.
When Cosmin Mihaiu noticed that injured patients find physiotherapy difficult — and often take longer to recover because of it — he dedicated himself to making the process more engaging , or even fun. In 2011, while studying Software Engineering, he and his colleagues came up with MIRA, a software platform that lets patients play interactive, therapeutic games.
Lorenzo Chiari is an Electronic Engineer (1993) and got his PhD in Biomedical Engineering (1997). He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research (HST-ICIR) at the University of Bologna.
Chris has some 30 years research experience. He read Psychology at the University of Durham and obtained BA (Hons), MA and PhD. Following his PhD he held post doctoral research posts in Northern Ireland and Cambridge and became Director of Health Services Research Group at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Wolfson College.
Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) is Professor of Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium).Dr. Milisen has extensive clinical and research expertise in the management of frail older persons having conducted numerous studies focusing on delirium and falls prevention strategies and on the development of geriatric care models.
Ellen Vlaeyen received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2008 from the KU Leuven in Belgium. She has been working as a research assistant at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Leuven since 2009. During the past years, she has coordinated the Center of Expertise for Fall and Fracture Prevention Flanders.
Avril Drummond is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research for the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She is an occupational therapist by professional background and has a longstanding interest in falls and evaluating falls interventions and service delivery models. Her interest includes both falls prevention for hospital in-patients as well as those in the community.
Myrthe Pruijn her experience in screening and treatment of elderly patients on fall prevention has been built in de last 7 years. She has been actively involved in the multidisciplinary fall prevention course for allied health professionals and has been spokesperson for EN, the Dutch association of Occupational Therapy, in the recently developed multidisciplinary Dutch Fall Prevention guideline.
Fabio La Porta is a Medical Doctor and a Neurologist since 1998. From 2001 onward he has worked as a clinician in the Neurorehabilitation field. Over the years, he has developed a clinical interest in balance measurement and falls prevention. He took his PhD in psychometric in 2015 studying the Berg Balance Scale from the perspective of modern psychometric methods.
Natalie Beswetherick OBE MBA FCSP is Director of Practice & Development at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Prior to this she worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for 30 years culminating as a Senior Manager at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for Trauma & Orthopaedic, Physiotherapy & Orthotic services.
Has been trained as an engineer and holds an degree in Geography. After a career as production manager in industry he took up an position as administrative officer in the Faculty of Medicine (Department of primary healthcare and social medicine) at the University of Groningen in 1981. Fundraising and grant acquisition being an important aspect of his activities led to a position in this field at the Office of the University in 1990. In 1996 he was appointed director of the University TTO until 2011. By then he was involved in the creation of the SPRINT research centre as managing director. SPRINT focusses on mobility and participation by Smart Prevention, Rehabilitation & INtevention Technologies and has 4 research lines: 1. Interactive training programs and devices to prevent mobility loss @home and @work 2. Monitoring systems to find (older) citizens @risk, both @home and @work 3. Interactive training programs and devices for rehabilitation @home 4. Smart prostheses and orthoses, patient-driven Generic themes are; Telemonitoring for control and feedback, Serious gaming for increased motivation and Behavior change for better implementation. SPRINT is a grouping of 62 companies, 6 Universities and 3 Research Institutes.
Ann Murray qualified as a physiotherapist in 1988. As a senior practitioner she specialised in rehabilitation, working in New Zealand, Oxford, London and Glasgow. Since 2010 Ann has been the manager of Scotland’s Falls Programme, which is sponsored by the Scottish Government as part of the adult rehabilitation delivery programme. The National Falls Programme, working with a range of partners from health and social care, third, independent and housing sectors, supports the development of local integrated falls and fracture prevention and management pathways in the community.
Mirjam Pijnappels, PhD is associate professor at the Department of Human Movement Sciences of the VU University Amsterdam and MOVE Research Institute Amsterdam. She received her PhD degree in 2004. Her research focuses on the effects of ageing on neuromuscular aspects of mobility (physical function and physical activity), to maintain and promote mobility and reduce fall risk in older individual, including the use of assistive technology. In her work, she combines experimental and epidemiological studies to unravel the causes and underlying mechanisms for falls and mobility decline. On this topic she received several grants, authored over 50 peer-reviewed scientific publications and presented in more than 20 international meetings. She has graduated 5 PhD students and is currently supervising 4 PhD students within projects on the MOVE-AGE Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme and her VIDI program on falls due to mismatch between self-perceived and actual abilities. She has also coordinated a project on Fall Risk Assessment in Older Adults (FARAO) and is partner in the EU project PreventIT.
Dr Brenda Gannon is a Reader (Associate Prof.) in Health Economics at the Centre for Health Economics, University of Manchester. Her main area of research is in health economics of ageing, with a particular focus on analysis of longitudinal datasets. Brenda is lead economist on the EU H2020 programme PreventIT. She has conducted extensive research on cost of falls in Ireland, informing the Strategy to Prevent Falls and Fractures in Ireland’s Ageing Population.
Silvia Evers studied Health Sciences (Mental Health Sciences; Health Policy & Administration), Epidemiology, and Law (Labour and Social; Health Law). Since the early nineties, she has been working as a researcher in the field of Economic Evaluations/Health Technology Assessment at the Institute for Rehabilitation Research, the Maastricht University (Epidemiology; Health Economics; Medical Sociology), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (Centre for Care Studies), the University of Amsterdam (Pedagogics), and the University Hospital Maastricht (Neurosurgery). Next to research she has been working as a legal (Ethical Commission Psychology) and policy advisor at the Faculty of Psychology of Maastricht University, where she headed the Research Institute of the Faculty Board. Currently she holds a chair on Public Health Technology Assessment at the Maastricht University, department of Health Services Research. Next to that, she is working at the Trimbos Institute, the Centre of expertise on mental health and addiction in the field of HTA research since 2013. At the Maastricht University, she is programme leader of the programme ‘Creating value-based health care’ and profile coordinator of the HTA-trace of the Health Sciences Research Master. She is involved as an HTA-project leader, promotor and supervisor in numerous (clinical) trials funded both nationally (ZonMw, NWO, industry, etc), and internationally (EU, OECD). She is a co-ordinator and a senior lecturer in HTA and Health Economic courses. Her chief current research efforts are directed towards the methodology of economic evaluation of public health interventions, meta-analysis and quality of life analysis. She has a special interest in the application of these methods looking at innovative interventions in the field of brain related and mental diseases, public health, youth, and rehabilitation. She is a member of several national and international working groups, editor for several journals, and a referee for various research programmes.
Kilian Rapp studied medicine in Tübingen and Berlin and specialiced in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He did postgraduate studies in ‚Public Health‘ at Ulm University and worked at the Institute of Epidemiology, Ulm University. Currently he is working as a researcher and a clinician at the Geriatric Rehabilitation Clinic of the Robert-Bosch Hospital Stuttgart. Main research topics are falls prevention and fracture epidemiology.
Louis Potel is project manager, in charge of the international affairs, at Resah, a French central purchasing body in the Healthcare sector. The public organization is involved in several European projects: coordinator of the HAPPI project (PPI) and partner of the INNOCAT (PPI) INSPIRE (CSA), PROEIPAHA (CSA) and RELIEF (PCP) project. After having followed a BBA program at EDHEC Business School, he did a post-graduate specialization degree in Projects and Programs Management and has started working at Resah in February 2014.
MSc in Industrial Engineering from Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC), Executive Master in Public Administration. He holds a Diploma of Advances Studies in innovation and research management. Chief Innovation Officer at AquAS. Ramon has more than ten years’ experience in hospital and medical innovation and more than fifteen years of experience in international funded research projects, mainly EU projects. He has hold positions as Strategic Planning Director of Granollers City Council for 6 years, and as Director of IALE Tecnologia, a spin-off company of Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) for 10 years. He was Assistant Lecturer of innovation and technology management at Business Administration Department, Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC) from 1993 to 1997 and since 1997 he is visiting researcher of technology monitoring and knowledge management at some Spanish universities. He is a guest lecturer at several educational centres, workshops and symposia.
Dr Homer Papadopoulos holds a Physics degree and a Pre PhD on Telecommunications from the University of Athens and a Bio-design Graduate Certificate from Stanford University US. He has an MBA at Warwick University and he holds a PhD from IS/IT Department of Bath University UK. Dr. Papadopoulos has been working for NCSR "Demokritos" for 15 years managing and coordinating various European funded Research programs within the fields of e-health, mobile services and ICT technologies. He has published several papers in journals and international conferences. He has set up a spin off private company with a main focus to exploit commercially state of the art bio-medicine technologies and electronic health services.
Wim Rogmans is advisor to the Executive Board of the European Association for Injury Prevention and Safety Promotion (EuroSafe) and representative of EuroSafe in a number of EU-level networks on injury prevention and research.
Dr Catala is the Director of the Research Centre for Dependency and Autonomous Living at UPC. He is also the Director of the E-NO FALLS project and Lead of Action Area 4 for the EIP AHA AG2.
Kim Delbaere is an Associate Professor at Neuoscience Research Australia and the University of New South Wales. Previously a Senior Research Scientist supported by the Australian NHMRC and a senior lecturer at UNSW, Sydney. She graduated in 2001 as a master in Rehabilitation Sciences and Physiotherapy at the Ghent University (Belgium) and completed her PhD in the area of falls in community-dwelling older people in 2005. In 2006, she moved to Australia to work at NeuRA on fear of falling in older people. She is a leading international researcher in the area of falls in older people. Her research has enhanced the understanding of interrelationships between falls and various physiological, psychological and cognitive factors. In 2011, she was awarded a prestigious NHMRC Achievement Award acknowledging her vision to find technological solutions for older adults to stay independent for longer through improved physical and mental health.
Bianca Buurman is an Associate Professor in the department of Care for Older Person’s Department of Geriatrics at the University of Amsterdam. Her research focuses on interventions that prevent disability, readmission and mortality in hospitalized older people, both during their hospital stay, and in the transition from hospital to home. During the past years, she has coordinated several longitudinal cohort studies and randomized clinical trials. These studies have helped to better understand the factors contributing to adverse hospital outcomes, and tested successful new integrated care models, such as the Transitional Care Bridge. Over the next five years her work will focus on further advancement of interdisciplinary research on patient-centered transitional care models for older people. The main goal is to unravel why disability, readmission and mortality are so common during and after hospitalization , and use this information to design new clinical interventions. Patient participation and collaboration with scientists from other disciplines (e.g. basic science, communication, technology and psychology) as the key to accomplish this goal. Currently, 10 PhD-students with different backgrounds are working together in my group to establish this aim.
Leandro Pecchia received the degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2005 and the PhD in Economy and Management of Healthcare Services and Organizations in 2009 from the University “Federico II” of Naples. He is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at The University of Warwick, Coventry, UK, where he directs the Applied Biomedical Signal Processing and Intelligent eHealth Lab (ABSPIE). He has authored or co-authored about 90 peer-reviewed papers on journals, books and conferences in the fields of machine learning and biomedical signal processing applied to healthy ageing, chronic diseases, falls prediction in the elderly and Health Technology Assessment (HTA). Dr Pecchia is the Chair of the IFMBE Healthcare Technology Assessment Division, Chair of the Public Affair Working Group of the European Alliance of Medical and Biological Engineering and Science and member of the IUPESM Committee on Education and Training.
Alderperson Eric van der Burg is responsible for Health and Welfare, Sports and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management and the District of Zuid. Eric van der Burg has been active in Amsterdam politics since 1987 – initially as local council member and a portfolio holder in the District of Zuidoost, then served as a city councillor between 2001 and 2010. In July 2014, Van der Burg began his second term as alderperson. He is responsible for the portfolios of Health and Welfare, the Elderly, Sport and Recreation, Spatial Planning, Land Management and the District of Zuid. In his first term as alderperson he managed to retain the personal budget and he launched a successful programme for fighting childhood obesity. During this term he also played a leading role in the preparations for the three decentralisations in Health. In addition, he was in charge of the personnel reform in the City of Amsterdam, which led to a smaller and results-orientated organisation with an expected reduction of 3,000 FTEs. In the area of sports, Amsterdammers’ participation in sports increased by 10%.
Dr. Robin Lee leads the Home and Recreation Team at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC), National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. She has served in this capacity since October 2012. As the United States’ leading authority on injury and violence prevention, CDC is actively engaged in studying the best ways to prevent injuries, applying science and creating real-world solutions to keep people safe, healthy, and productive. As the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults, fall prevention is an priority topic for CDC. To address the growing health issue, Dr. Robin Lee and her team developed the STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents, Deaths & Injuries) initiative (www.cdc.gov/STEADI).. Based on the American and British Geriatric Societies Clinical Practice Guidelines for preventing older adult falls, STEADI gives health care providers the tools and resources they need to integrate fall prevention into their clinical practice. STEADI helps providers identify patients at risk for a fall; identify modifiable risk factors; and offers effective interventions that can be offered at the point of care. STEADI is also working with vendors of electronic health records to ensure providers have the tools and resources to address their patients fall risk during routine medical visits. Before joining the Injury Center, Dr. Lee led the Research Activities Team within the Division of Toxicology and Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Epidemiology Branch at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. For nine years she managed and worked on a number of research and community based health studies related to toxic substances (e.g., asbestos, arsenic, volatile organic compounds, dioxins, mercury). She also worked on food and water related issues with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health for two years. Dr. Lee has a bachelor of science in Human Biology, a Masters of Public Health and a Doctorate in Epidemiology from the State University of New York at Albany. She has authored and coauthored numerous presentations and scientific publications and has received awards for her public health and volunteer service.
Julie has been working as a project manager in the area of falls prevention and healthy ageing within the social support department of the French National Pension Branch (CNAV) since 2011. Before taking up this post, she worked in the French ministry for foreign affairs based in a number of international countries specialising in the fields of education management and social issues. The CNAV’s primary focus is the implementation of scaling up prevention policy; the social support department identifies and measures the frailty level of older people in order to anticipate the potential risk of a loss of autonomy. This results in three different levels of actions which are set up according to the degree of frailty. Julie will present specifically on current French policy in relation to falls prevention, focussing on collective actions for older people when adopting a multidimensional approach.
Christian Boehler is a Scientific Officer at the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS), part of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). As the principle investigator of the 'MAFEIP-project', he developed a monitoring and assessment framework for the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). This work included the development of a web-based tool for the early and iterative health economic assessment of the activities carried out within the EIP on AHA. Christian holds a PhD from Brunel University's Health Economics Research Group (HERG), an MSc in Health Economics from the University of York, UK, and a German Diploma in Health Economics and Management from the University of Applied Sciences in Ludwigshafen, Germany. He is an honorary lecturer at the University of Sheffield, School of Health & Related Research/Health Economics and Decision Sciences and external advisor to the HTA division of the International Federation for Medical and Biological Engineering (IFMBE). He is also a state approved social health insurance professional in Germany and he acquired previous industry experience in the healthcare sector whilst working for different scientific consultancies based in London, UK and Budapest, Hungary.
Alojz Peterle is Member of the European Parliament since 2004 (Observer since 2003). In 1990 he was elected President of the newly founded Slovenian Christian Democratic party. In May 1990 Mr Peterle became the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Slovenia after the DEMOS coalition won the parliamentary elections. During his mandate Slovenia introduced major democratic reforms and became an independent sovereign state. From 1993 to 1994 Mr Peterle became Deputy Prime Minister and held the position of Minister of Foreign Affairs twice (1993-1994 and 2000). He was Vice-President of the European Union of Christian Democrats (1996-1999), Chair of the European Affairs Committee in the National assembly (1997-2004), Member of the Presidium of the European Convention on the Future of Europe (2002-2003) and Vice-President of the EPP (2006–2009). Since being elected MEP, Mr Peterle has been a Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and substitute Member of the Committee on Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI). In the current legislature he is Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Joint Parliamentary Committee, substitute Member of the Delegation for relations with India, Co-Chair of the ENVI Committee Health Working group and President of “Members against Cancer” informal group. In 2005, he was appointed as Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairman in Office for Central Asia. In his role of MEP he was appointed as: Member of the Elections Observation Delegation for the Presidential elections in Azerbaijan (2008), Member of the Elections Observation Delegation for the Parliamentary elections in Cambodia (2009), Member of the Elections Observation Mission for the Ukraine's presidential elections (2010), Chief Observer of the EU Elections Observation Mission to Nigeria (2011) and Kenya (2013). As an active promoter of cancer care, in particular as President of the informal all-party forum “Members against Cancer” Mr Peterle has invested considerable efforts in raising the political awareness of fighting and preventing cancer, following his own personal experience with the disease. Mr Peterle received a number of prestigious awards: the Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia, Alois Mock Europa Ring, Ordine piano, the European Voice’s ‘European of the Year’ (2003), a gold medal from the Luxembourg Robert Shuman foundations, ‘Mérite Européen’ (2004), the Bulgarian APOZ Award for his contribution in the fight against cancer (2009), the Robert Schuman Medal for advancing the cause of peace, the construction of Europe and human values (2014) and was three times elected the best MEP on health area (MEP Awards in 2008, 2014 and 2015). Mr Peterle was born on 5 July 1948 in Cužnja vas, Slovenia. He is married and has three children.
Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) is Professor of Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven (Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium). Dr. Milisen has extensive clinical and research expertise in the management of frail older persons having conducted numerous studies focusing on delirium and falls prevention strategies and on the development of geriatric care models. Since 2008 he is president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and Fracture Prevention (Expertisecentrum Val- en fractuurpreventie Vlaanderen, EVV). Under his leadership, the EVV takes many initiatives aimed at addressing needs, barriers and facilitators of implementing effective falls prevention strategies into national and local policy and clinical practice. Dr. Milisen is currently section editor of BMC Geriatrics and a council member of the European Delirium Association. He received the 2008 Borgerhoff Award for his work on falls prevention. (Full publication list available here)
Lindy Clemson is Professor of Occupational Therapy and Ageing and director of the Ageing, Work & Health Research Unit at the Faculty of Health Sciences, the University of Sydney, an NHMRC Career Development Research Fellow, an investigator on the Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research and an honorary Professor at Nottingham University. She is a recognised international leader in research on enablement and environmental approaches to falls prevention. In her research she has conducted nationally-funded trials to test the efficacy of interventions, including Stepping On, a group-based fall prevention program and the Lifestyle Functional Exercise (LiFE) program and has developed assessments related to environment and behavioural fall risk. Lindy has always ensured interventions are translation-ready with practical outputs. This translation work now extends to implementation research with engagement in nationally-funded Partnership Projects developing and examining implementation and sustainability of fall prevention activities at the population level. Lindy has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles. The impact of her work has extended to both policy and practice, and her publications are highlighted in Cochrane reviews, the Australian and the US national fall prevention practice guidelines and in the US compendium of effective community-based falls prevention interventions.
Jacqui Close is a consultant in Orthogeriatrics at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney and Director of the Falls and Injury Prevention Group at Neuroscience Research Australia. Her research interests range from injury epidemiology, to intervention studies and implementation research. She is Co-Chair of the ANZ Hip Fracture Registry Steering Gp, Chair of the National Clinical Care Standards Group for Hip Fracture and the President of the Australian and New Zealand Society of Geriatric Medicine
Kamiar Aminian received the Master degree in electrical engineering and the Ph.D degree in biomedical engineering in 1989 from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne, Switzerland. He is currently Professor in the Institute of Bioengineering and the director of the Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement of EPFL. His research focuses on methodologies for human movement monitoring and analysis in real world conditions mainly based on wearable technologies, with emphasis on gait, physical behavior, movement complexity, physical performance and sport. His research aims to perform objective outcome evaluation in orthopedics and neurology, to devise new ICT-based intervention programs in aging and patients with movement disorders and pain for movement restoring, and to identify metrics of performance in sport science. He is teaching in the areas of physiology and instrumentation, medical devices, biomechanics and sports. He is author or co-author of more than 450 scientific papers published in reviewed journals and presented at international conferences and holds 8 patents related to medical devices. He is senior member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), member of international Society of Gait and Posture Research (ISPGR), International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) and the past President of the 3D Analysis of Human Movement Group of ISB.
Dr Guldemond was trained in Engineering (electric engineering) medicine (clinical physiology). He obtained his PhD with a focus on orthopaedic complications due to diabetes. He worked at various university hospitals as researcher, coordinator and principal investigator in projects regarding healthcare innovation, medical technology eHealth. As founder CEO of the Medical Field Lab, he received great acknowledgement for creating business through public private partnerships by the Ministry of Economical Affairs. Dr Guldemond is currently Associate Professor Integrated Care Technology Chief Innovation Officer at the University Medical Centre Utrecht. He is advisor for the Dutch House of Representatives, board member of the Innovative Medical Device Initiative IMDI.nl, and member of the commission on the national eHealth implementation agenda. He is coordinator of EIP-AHA A2 Action Group Falls Prevention associated with thematic networks ProFouND, E-NO-FALLS.
Dr. Vicky Scott is a Clinical Associate Professor with the School of Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia and a core research team member with Centre for Hip Health and Mobility. Dr. Scott is an Osteoporosis Canada Advisory Board member and sits on the Osteoporosis Scientific Advisory Committee. For the past fourteen years Dr. Scott served as the Senior Advisor on Fall and Injury Prevention with the BC Injury Research and Prevention Unit and Ministry of Health. She is also the National lead for the Canadian Falls Prevention Curriculum. Dr. Scott’s key objectives are to conduct original research to facilitate evidence-based best practices for reducing falls and related injuries in Canadian health care delivery settings. She has lead or co-lead numerous studies on seniors’ mobility, fall and injury prevention, including as Co-PI of a Canadian Institutes of Health Research-funded controlled trial on fall prevention in home care; and co-lead on the development of the Primary Care Fall Prevention program. Most recently, she is leading a project for fall and fire prevention for First Nations elders in BC with the CHHM. In 2007 she was awarded a CIHR Knowledge Translation Award.
Professor Stephen Lord is a Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, Sydney, Australia. He has published over 300 papers in the areas of applied physiology, instability, falls fractures in older people is acknowledged as a leading international researcher in his field. His research follows two main themes: the identification of physiological risk factors for falls the development evaluation of falls prevention strategies. A key aspect of this research has been the design, implementation and evaluation of exercise programs for the general population of older people as well as for those identified as being at increased risk of falls, i.e. people with Parkinson disease, stroke, dementia frailty. His methodology approach to fall-risk assessment has been adopted by many researchers and clinicians across the world he is actively engaged in initiatives aimed at implementing falls prevention evidence into policy practice.
Stephen Robinovitch is Professor and Canada Research Chair at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. His research focuses on the cause and prevention of falls and fall-related injuries in older adults through biomechanics, with specific attention to hip fractures and head injuries. He has addressed these problems through laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, product design, and clinical studies. He has conducted pioneering research on the design of wearable hip protectors and compliant flooring. His recent efforts have focused on the collection and analysis of "real-life" falls in residential care facilities, captured using networks of video cameras. He received a B.A.Sc. in 1988 in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in 1995 in Medical Engineering from MIT/ Harvard. From 1995-2000, he was an Assistant Professor In-Residence in Orthopaedics at the University of California, San Francisco. Between 2001-2006, he held a New Investigator Award from CIHR, and a Scholar Award from the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.
Professor Becker is currently Head of the Department of Geriatric Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Robert-Bosch-Krankenhaus (RBK) and a scientist at the Robert Bosch Gesellschaft fG?r Medizinische Forschung (RBMF) Stuttgart overseeing 14 research staff members. From 1993 - 2003 he worked as a consultant in Giessen and Ulm, specialing in internal medicince and geriatrics. He received his MD at the University of Heidelberg and the post-doctoral lecture qualification (Habilitation) at the University of Ulm. His main research interests are fall prevention, epidemiology of falls and fractures, geriatric rehabilitation, and gerontechnology. He is member of the European Academy for Medicine on Ageing since 1997 and member of several societies including the Germany Society of Geriatric Medicine. Aside from several European projects, e.g. ProFaNE, SensAction-AAL, ProFouND, FARSEEING, he has been involved in leading several consortia on fall and fracture prevention financed by the German Ministry of Research and Education (BMBF) such as PrOFinD and the Bavarian Fall and Fracture Prevention studies. He is a peer reviewer for a range of journals including the NEJM, the Lancet, and the BMJ. He is an associate editor of BMC Geriatrics and Aging Clinical Exper Res. Jury activities include the Harkness Fellowship Program, Deutscher Alterspreis. Funding reviewing has been performed for: BMBF, MRC, ZonW, and the Norwegian Research Council.
Dr Sethi read medicine at Liverpool and worked in internal medicine and then trained in public health, at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and the London Deanery. Before joining WHO he worked as a Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Public Health in London. In the past he has worked on conducting surveys of injuries in refugees in Uganda, evaluating the cost-effectiveness of trauma services in Malaysia, and on the health professional response to domestic violence in London. His interests include injury surveillance, surveys of injury and violence in the community and advocating for injury and violence prevention.
Professor Masud trained at Christ Church, University of Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. After postgraduate training in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a Research Fellow post in St Thomas’ Hospital, London he took up a position of Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at Nottingham in 1994. He has a research and clinical interest in osteoporosis, falls and syncope and has published widely in these areas. He heads the Clinical Gerontology Research Unit at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust. He has previously been a scientific advisor to the National Osteoporosis Society and is the main organiser of the annual International Conference on Falls and Postural Stability and is the President Elect of British Geriatrics Society. He has also served as the Clinical SubDean at the University of Nottingham Medical School. He also has Honorary/Visiting Professorships at the Universities of Nottingham, Derby and Southern Denmark. He is the current President of the European Union of Medical Specialists-Geriatric Medicine Section.
Dr Emma Stanmore is a Senior Lecturer in Nursing at the University of Manchester. She originally trained as a specialist community practitioner and worked in a variety of clinical management positions before moving into teaching and research at the University of Manchester. Emma completed a PhD investigating falls incidence, fear of falling and risk factors for people with rheumatoid arthritis and has investigated the cost effectiveness of falls prevention. Current work includes leading the development of new user-centred health technologies in rehabilitation, in collaboration with engineers and software designers to develop new accessible rehabilitation devices (RehabMat using iMagiMat technology) and a programme of work investigating the use of exergames for falls prevention exercises amongst older people in the community. She is Senior Site Miner for Manchester: Integrating Medicine and Innovative Technology (MIMIT™ affiliate of MIT, Boston) , accelerating development of new healthcare technologies by enabling innovators. She has held grants from ARUK, NHS SBRI, Wellcome Trust and NHS Trusts.
Jorunn L Helbostad is professor in Medicine, Human Movement Science at Department of Neuroscience at Faculty of Medicine, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology. She leads the cross disciplinary GEriatrics, Movement and Stroke research group, GeMS, and movement laboratories at the department. The group performs research spanning from mechanisms studies aimed at understanding motor control, to method development studies and clinical studies. Her research interests are related to physical function at old age, with a particular focus on falls prevention, gait assessment and physical activity monitoring and interventions. She is in the project management group for clinical studies on hip fracture aimed at improving treatment and rehabilitation following hip fracture, and in a population based RCT on high and moderate intensity cardiovascular training in people between 70 and 76 years. She is currently a partner in the FARSEEING project aiming at promoting better prediction, prevention and support of older persons at risk of falling by long term analysis for physical behaviour. In the project she is responsible for a work package focusing on development of telemedicine fall service models. She is also a partner and responsible for providing content for the website in the ProFouND thematic network that aims to disseminate best practice in falls prevention across Europe.
Chris has some 30 years research experience. He read Psychology at the University of Durham and obtained BA (Hons), MA and PhD. Following his PhD he held post doctoral research posts in Northern Ireland and Cambridge and became Director of Health Services Research Group at the Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Wolfson College. Since 2001 he has been at the University of Manchester as Professor of Primary Care and Community Health and until the end of 2013 was Director of Research in The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society. Chris has a large portfolio of research funding and held and/or currently holds grants from UK funders including Department of Health; National Health Service; Medical Research Council; National Institute for Health Research, Service Delivery and Organisation Programme, Research for Patient Benefit and Programme Grants; MRC/NIHR Methodology Research Programme; National Cancer Research Institute; Community Fund; Cancer Research UK; Dimbleby Cancer Care; Breast Cancer Campaign; BUPA Foundation; Help The Aged (now AgeUK) and the European Commission, EC DGXII; EC FP5; EC FP7; EC ICT Policy Support Programme. Chris is author/co-author on some 200 publications Chris was a member of the European Commission DG12 Expert Working Party on research into postural stability and fall prevention in the elderly population. He has reviewed for a wide range of research committees and charities both in UK and overseas. He is currently a member of NIHR Health Services Delivery & Research Board and the Dimbleby Cancer Care Scientific Advisory Board. He has also served on German and pan-European research boards. He wrote The World Health Organisation's policy synopsis on the prevention of falls amongst older people and was a member of the group which wrote the 2007 WHO Global Report on Falls Prevention. He is the Director of the ProFouND project, work package lead on FARSEEING and Action Area 3 Coorindator for the EIP AHA AG2.
Lorenzo Chiari is an Electronic Engineer (1993) and got his PhD in Biomedical Engineering (1997). He is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering and the Director of the Health Sciences and Technologies - Interdepartmental Center for Industrial Research (HST-ICIR) at the University of Bologna. His main research activity is in the area of ICT for ageing and wellbeing, personal health systems, translational research on neuro-motor assessment and rehabilitation.
Professor Skelton originally got her first degree in Human Sciences at University College London in 1990 and her PhD in Human and Applied Physiology (Strength, Power and Functional Ability of Healthy Older People) and graduated in 1995. She worked at the Human Performance Laboratory at the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore and then at University College London before becoming the first recipient of the Research into Ageing Queen Mother Research Fellowships. She undertook her fellowship at St Mary's Paddington and specialised in exercise interventions to reduce falls. She then moved into practice by becoming a Falls Researcher in the NHS at Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Health Authority. She then took on the role of Scientific Co-ordinator of the EC funded ProFaNE (Prevention of Falls Network Europe) project at the University of Manchester. She is a commissioned author for the World Health Organisation and the Department of Health. She also runs training courses to move research into practice with allied health professionals and fitness instructors, and in this capacity is a work package leader on the ProFouND project. She lives and works in Scotland.
Dr Amanda Clifford graduated with a BSc in Physiotherapy from King's College London and worked clinically in both the NHS and private sectors in the UK. She worked as a Physiotherapist at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals, NHS Trust in the UK acute medical wards and in rehabilitation clinics, which included elderly, neurological rehabilitation and an outpatient falls clinic. She gained experience in outpatients including acute and chronic orthopaedic and rheumatological conditions, acute ICU and medical conditions. Following this she worked a Senior Orthopaedic and Outpatient Physiotherapist at the Whittington Hospital, NHS Trust London, UK. She then worked in the Wellington Hospital, St. John’s Wood London, as a Senior Orthopaedic and Sports Physiotherapist. She completed her PhD in (King's College London) in the area of postural control following Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury, a project that included a biomechanical analysis of postural control and lower limb muscle strength following injury. Amanda has been working in The University of Limerick, Ireland as a Lecturer for the past 10 years on the BSc in Physiotherapy and PGrad Dip/ MSc in Clinical Therapies programmes at the University of Limerick. Research interests include the analysis of movement and quality of life of people at risk of falls and the use of exercise programmes (including dance) to optimise function, improve performance and prevent falls are currently key research interests. She was involved in FPF European Commission and EI funded eCAALYX project and is currently a partner and WP lead in E-NO FALLS thematic network; strategic objective/theme:CIP-ICT-PSP.2012.3. She is active in community dissemination and education initiatives to translate research into practice in order to have a positive and meaningful impact on society. She is currently collaborating with clinicians and researchers nationally and internationally including Orfhlaith Ni Bhriain (Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, UL) and Prof Meg Morris (LaTrobe University in Melbourne, Australia), Dr Danielle Volpe at St John of God Hospital Parkinson's Centre in Venice, Italy and Prof Tim Lynch, at the Neurological Institute and Mater University Hospital, in Dublin.
Professor Ngaire Kerse is currently the Head of the School of Population Health, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland with a part-time general practice clinical commitment and full time academic work. Her research interests include gerontology research focusing on maintaining function and quality of life, preventing falls and ensuring evidence based delivery of primary medical care.
Lillemor Lundin-Olsson, PT, PhD is a Professor at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation at Umea University in Sweden. Her current research is focused on the development and evaluation of applications for smartphones and tablets that are directed to guide older people to prevent falls. Another focus is on evaluating effects of exercise in people with dementia disease. She has previously evaluated multi-factorial programs to prevent falls among older people living in care home settings.
Jeffrey M. Hausdorff (BSE, MSME, PhD) is the Director of the Center for the study of Movement, Cognition, and Mobility at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center, a full professor in the Department of Physical Therapy in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine and in the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University and a visiting professor at Rush University. He is also an associate editor for the Journal of Gerontology Medical Sciences and the Journal of NeuroRehabiliation and Engineering. He and his research team investigate the neural underpinnings of gait, postural control, fall risk, and movement disorders in health (e.g., normal, aging, maturation) and pathology (e.g., Parkinson's disease, post-stroke, Alzheimer's disease). A major focus of their research has been the investigation of the dependence of gait and falls on cognitive function. Based on their findings in this area using neuropsychological testing, dual task studies, and imaging, they developed novel interventions for enhancing balance, gait and cognitive function and for reducing the risk of falls (e.g., using virtual reality, pharmacologic therapy studies, motor learning, cognitive remediation).
Beatrix Vereijken is Professor in Medicine / Human Movement Science at the Department of Neuroscience at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. She has a MSc in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Human Movement Science, both from the Netherlands. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship with prof. Esther Thelen at Indiana University, Bloomington USA, and was a recipient of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences career award. Her research focuses on changes in motor control with age and experience, issues of stability and complexity, and healthy active ageing. She serves on the editorial boards of Infant Behavior and Development and Infant and Child Development, and is a review editor for Frontiers in Psychology. She is project manager of an EU-Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action (2016-2018) and board member of the Nansen Neuroscience Network.
Dr. Klaus Pfeiffer is postdoctoral researcher at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital, Clinic for Geriatric Rehabilitation (Stuttgart, Germany) and lecturer at the University of Tübingen, Department of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. His research focuses on cognitive behavioral principles and perspectives in (interdisciplinary) intervention research for older people with chronic conditions and their family caregiver. Further fields of interests are fall prevention, fear of falling and user acceptance of new emerging technologies. He has been a principal investigator in five RCTs and a project collaborator in three EU projects during the last 15 years.
Laura Albornos Muñoz BSc. Holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Valladolid. She has been working as a researcher at the Spanish Collaborating Center of the Joanna Briggs Institute, located at Nursing Research Unit (Investén-isciii), since 2010. She has been Scientifc Comitte from international conferences. She has experience in healthcare methodology and has been involved in national and European research projects in relation to evidence based implementation, especially in falls prevention and promotion of healthy and active ageing and healthcare from different programs, such as FP7, CIP, National Agency and Thematic Network in elderly and frailty (RETICEF).
Dr. Luca Palmerini is research fellow at the University of Bologna and adjunct professor of the “Biomedical Signals & Data Processing” course of the Master degree in Electronic Engineering. He received his master degree in Computer Science Engineering in 2007 from the University of Padua and his PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2012 from the University of Bologna. His main research interests are data mining, machine learning, statistical analysis, algorithm development, signal processing, and their application to biomedical signals, especially motion data from wearable sensors. His recent research has focused on improving fall detection and fall risk estimation by using wearable sensors and data mining.
Bex has 28 years experience in delivering exercise programs across a range of populations, settings and sectors and for 13 years has been at the forefront of delivery of exercise to frailer older people and stroke survivors of all ages, and in supporting teams/services to develop evidence based exercise continuums for clinical populations. She holds qualifications in exercise including; cardiac rehab (phase IV), exercise and fitness after stroke, exercise for long term neurological conditions, falls prevention and holds a Professional Certificate in Education. Her previous roles include; Exercise specialist with the community resource team, Hywel Dda Health Board, Health and Activity Coordinator, Carmarthenshire.
Heidrun Mollenkopf is a sociologist and gerontologist. She was Senior Researcher at the German Centre for Research on Ageing (DZFA) at the University of Heidelberg until she retired in December 2004. Since then, she has served as an expert and consultant in several national and European bodies of experts, supporting the wishes, needs and interests of older persons. Since 2014, she is Board Member of the German National Association of Senior Citizens' Organisations (BAGSO) and Vice President of AGE Platform Europe. Her main research interest is the interplay among personal, societal, technical, and environmental conditions regarding maintaining autonomy and social participation and, by this, quality of life in old age.
Kilian Rapp studied medicine in Tübingen and Berlin and specialised in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics at the Robert-Bosch-Hospital in Stuttgart, Germany. He did postgraduate studies in Public Health at Ulm University and worked at the Institute of Epidemiology, Ulm University. Currently he is working as a researcher and a clinician at the Geriatric Rehabilitation Clinic of the Robert-Bosch Hospital Stuttgart. Main research topics are falls prevention and fracture epidemiology.
When Cosmin Mihaiu noticed that injured patients find physiotherapy difficult — and often take longer to recover because of it — he dedicated himself to making the process more engaging, or even fun. In 2011, while studying Software Engineering, he and his colleagues came up with MIRA, a software platform that lets patients play interactive, therapeutic games. As MIRA Rehab’s CEO, Cosmin now focuses on building relationships with medical institutions, showing them how video-games can make recovery more effective for patients and therapist alike. His company has received several awards, including Best Social Enterprise 2016 by the Global Startup Awards, and MIRA is being used in over 50 institutions world wide. In 2013, Cosmin was named one of the “30 under 30” by Forbes Romania and in 2015 he was invited in the TED Fellows Programme, his TED Talk getting over 1.3 million views.
Koen Milisen (PhD, RN) is Professor of
Care for Older Persons at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, KU Leuven
(Belgium) and Clinical Nurse Scientist at the Division of Geriatric Medicine at the
University Hospitals of Leuven (Belgium). Dr. Milisen has extensive clinical and research
expertise in the management of frail older persons having conducted numerous studies
focusing on delirium and falls prevention strategies and on the development of geriatric
care models. Since 2008 he is president of the Flemish Center of Expertise for Falls and
Fracture Prevention (Expertisecentrum Val- en fractuurpreventie Vlaanderen, EVV). Under
his leadership, the EVV takes many initiatives aimed at addressing needs, barriers and
facilitators of implementing effective falls prevention strategies into national and
local policy and clinical practice. Dr. Milisen is currently section editor of BMC
Geriatrics and a council member of the European Delirium Association. He received the
2008 Borgerhoff Award for his work on falls prevention.
(Full publication list available at: link)
Ellen Vlaeyen received her Master of Science in Nursing in 2008 from the KU Leuven in Belgium. She has been working as a research assistant at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care at the University of Leuven since 2009. During the past years, she has coordinated the Center of Expertise for Fall and Fracture Prevention Flanders. The aims of the Center of Expertise are threefold: 1) to provide information, documentation and advice concerning fall prevention; 2) to develop and validate methods and materials; 3) and to implement these methods and materials. At the moment, Ellen is finalizing her PhD ‘Fall prevention in nursing homes: documented effectiveness, prevailing views and current practices’. Her research focuses on the implementation of fall prevention in nursing homes.
is Professor of Healthcare Research and Director of Research for
the School of Health Sciences at the University of Nottingham. She
is an occupational therapist by professional background and has a
longstanding interest in falls and evaluating falls interventions
and service delivery models. Her interest includes both falls
prevention for hospital in-patients as well as those in the community.
Avril is a Non-Executive Director of Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Board. She was awarded a Fellowship of the UK College of Occupational Therapists in 2012
Fabio La Porta is a Medical Doctor and a Neurologist since 1998. From 2001 onward he has worked as a clinician in the Neurorehabilitation field. Over the years, he has developed a clinical interest in balance measurement and falls prevention. He took his PhD in psychometric in 2015 studying the Berg Balance Scale from the perspective of modern psychometric methods. He is an expert in Rasch measurement and in the development of measures using scales and questionnaires. He is also the principal investigator of a public-funded RCT in Italy aiming at developing a common pathway for falls prevention in the community-dwelling elderly who may also have a balance impairment due to specific neurologic diseases, such as previous stroke or Parkinson’s disease.
Natalie Beswetherick OBE MBA FCSP is Director of Practice & Development at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP). Prior to this she worked in the National Health Service (NHS) for 30 years culminating as a Senior Manager at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for Trauma & Orthopaedic, Physiotherapy & Orthotic services. Natalie has been engaged with falls prevention at a national and policy level through the Falls and Fragility Fracture Alliance in the UK. She is currently working closely with the National Osteoporosis Society to develop guidance on exercises specifically for people with spinal fragility fractures.
Dr Markus Lang is responsible for the coordination of sensor activities within the Bosch Group, synchronizing activities and identifying new trends in order to deliver innovative strategic solutions in the field of sensors. He has been based at Bosch since 1998 in the division of Automotive Electronics, Sensor Technology Center in Reutlingen as project engineer for angular rate sensors, then later project leader for the first micromechanical angular rate sensor for roll-over detection (firing roof airbags or roll-bars in convertibles). Thereafter he was responsible for the development of micromechanical pressure sensors (silicon based) for powertrain and chassis-safety applications. He was Department leader for the development of Electronic Control Units in Budapest/Hungary, which focused on mechanics, layout, reliability and project management. He is an Electrical Engineer having received his diploma from the Technical University of Karlsruhe in 1995, following which he completed his PhD focussing on MEMS (microelectromechanical systems) at the Technical University of Darmstadt in 1998.
Arnaud Senn, is Project Officer in DG CNECT H2 Digital Social Platforms. He is in charge of Falls Prevention and Integrated Care topics as part of the DG CNECT H2 Digital Social Platforms based at the European Commission. Arnaud joint the EU Commission in 2010 and was mainly involved in Long-Term Care issues. He was responsible for managing the EU reflection at political and technical level (Perm. Sec. of the Working Group Age) and was responsible for the EU Report on Long-Term Care published in June 2014. Arnaud has a Political Science, Social Protection, & Law MD (France). He was involved from 1998 to 2008 in social protection and public health actions in France (national cancer screening program) and in the UK (best practices in cancer care organisation). He worked from 2008 to 2010 as a legal expert in the Belgian Health Care Knowledge Centre - (KCE-Brussels) in the field of Health Technology Assessment and Good Clinical Practices. He published various articles on public health topics and EU health dossiers and gave lectures in different universities.
Collaboration across professions and throughout Europe.
Collaboration across professions and throughout Europe.
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
Ageing in Balance - Novel framework for fall prevention
AAL Ageing in Balance (AiB) project has developed new processes and technologies for fall risk assessment and fall prevention. The workshop session will consist of an overview of the AiB project: description of the end product; technology demonstrations; pilots and their preliminary results; complemented by interaction with the audience.
AiB end-product, framework for fall risk assessment and prevention, includes
The Personal plan includes recommendations and interventions for reducing fall risk or for maintaining the current level of risk.Effective fall prevention entails a) physical exercises improving muscle strength, balance, endurance and flexibility; b) cognitive exercises; c) environmental and nutritional hints; and d) continuous automatic activity and performance evaluation. AiB has designed and developed a system that supports exercising and self-assessment at home. The Personal plan allows information to be integrated and related to other socio-health care information. Risk assessment is based on a formal ontology and typing system. Formal logics based ontology is adopted in order to enable structured relations between WHO's classifications on health. Uncertainty modelling plays a fundamental role in classifications of health.
The real end users have been closely involved in the technology development from the beginning. The initial scenarios regarding the AiB fall risk management framework were evaluated by both older adults and professionals. Those results were utilized in the implementation of the first version of the home exercising software. The home technologies were iteratively developed and tested in field trials organized in two countries: Finland and SpainMore information about the project: http://aib.vtt.fi/ Milla Immonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, http://www.vtt.fi Heidi SimilG¤, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, http://www.vtt.fi Patrik Eklund, Four Computing , http://www.fourcomp.com/ Lars-G…ke Johansson, Alkit Communications, http://www.alkit.se/ Jonas Jalminger, Alkit Communications, http://www.alkit.se/ Carlos GarcGa Gordillo, CGG Management, https://cgarciamanagement.wordpress.com/ Elixabete Altube Arabiurrutia, Hospital La FuenfrGa, http://www.madrid.org/hospitalfuenfria
The European Network on Fall Prevention, Intervention and Security (E-NO FALLS) aims to bring together knowledge, experiences and best practices in the area of ICT-based fall detection and prevention solutions, in order to create the necessary conditions and consensus on standards and specifications in view to ensure the widest future replication and co-deployment of innovative ICT-solutions. Partners from 10 European countries have been working together from February 2013 to achieve these objectives.
The present workshop will be dedicated to two main areas:
The most important activities in PCP and Market Uptake in Falls related areas have been inventoried and analysed by the network during the first half of the project.
Now it is time to share and discuss these findings with as many experts as possible.
The workshop will be conducted by the Work Package leaders of the consortium supported by facilitators and will consist in short presentations of the work done into the network in each related issue followed by a open discussion in focus group format. The objective of the focus group will be the interactively knowledge growing on best practices, barriers, success factors and dilemmas (i.e. medical devices or not) already identified by the network.
We invite all stakeholders within the value chain (such as industry, users organizations, informal and formal care providers, public authorities, investors, housing and insurance companies and service providers) to actively participate in the workshop. Main results and conclusions will be shared within the participants.
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
The workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the major achievements of the FARSEEING project - www.farseeingresearch.eu
We shall report on what we've learnt from real-life falls during the past three years in order to design better tools and services for future preventive interventions.Key areas include:
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
FATE (Fall Detector for the Elderly) is a CIP-PSP funded EU project in the very last period of activity. Mainly, FATE is a piloting project with a specific objective: the correct detection of the falls occurring with the elderly people. Concurrent objectives are the contribution to the reduction of the fear of falling and the effective prevention of the long lie syndrome.
FATE system is able to correctly detect falls both at home and outside. The main part of the system is a fall detector device that is worn at the waist level by the user. The device is based in accelerometers and it is running an embedded original algorithm, with a high sensitivity and specificity level close to 100%. A communication layer transmits the detected fall, through a mobile phone, to the relatives or to an alarm call centre.
Pilots have been organized in three different countries with slight differences, mainly in the final service receiving the generated alarms. FATE is trying to evaluate the benefits and generated perturbation of the alarms generated by the system in the normal activity of a currently existing call centre.
FATE workshop will cover the following working agenda:
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
I-DONT-FALL EU Project (CIP-PSP-297225) provides and pilots a holistic fall management system integrating a set of fall prevention and detection solutions that are tailored to specific target groups and root causes. The project consortium includes a rich and diverse set of pilot sites enabling the testing of the integrated solution across different countries, cultures, age groups and fall risk factors with over 500 elderly users/ patients. A variety of configurations of the I-DONT-FALL integrated system are currently deployed allowing the customization of the system in the different pilot sites. The efficiency of I-DONT-FALL solutions and treatment will be evaluated based on a randomized controlled study that defines the medical protocol to be followed in all pilot sites. In the scope of this study a disciplined social statistical analysis methodology is devised to allow the proper selection of the sample, as well as the study, creation and evaluation of the relevant deployment configurations (per risk factors and target group).
The I-DON'T-FALL workshop wants to present the project with a specific emphasis on fall prevention services, the related technological solution, the clinical study and the main achievements so far after 15 months of clinical trials and more than 400 patients treated. The goal is to:
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
The EU-funded project iStoppFalls provides ICT-based fall prevention and risk assessment for older adults who still live independently at home. The project focussed on the question how ICT can help prevent older people from falling. To answer that question a variety of technologies has been tested and assessed in a three steps program: measure how likely older people are to fall, provide them with the tools and training programs to prevent them from falling, measure their progress, and let them self-control their own achievements.
The aim of iStoppFalls was to develop a low cost tool for fall prevention and risk assessment in order to support and motivate fall prevention in community-dwelling older adults. A ' living lab' study showed that the system can easily be integrated into their daily activities, thanks to unobtrusive sensing technologies, advanced human computer interaction and automated collection of physiological data.
Clinical efficacy of iStoppFalls was tested in a randomized controlled trial with 160 participants from Europe and Australia. The outcomes were positive. In 4 months iStoppFalls considerably reduced the overall fall risk in the intervention group compared to the control group. Repeated measure analysis of variance evidenced a statistically significant reduction of fall risk as primary outcome of the clinical trial (p<0.05). Additional beneficial sub-group effects could be demonstrated as related to exercise compliance, fall risk, age, gender and IT-literacy.
With these results iStoppFalls contributes to tackle the wider societal challenge of demographic ageing around the world. Because of a vastly ageing population, the costs of health and social care are rising sharply. In the near future these costs will only increase further, unless new methods are invented to prevent and treat age-related problems. An integrated approach with innovative ICT as demonstrated by iStoppFalls can help to reduce these costs by prevention, and secure a good quality of life and independent living for European citizens.
For more information and related publications pls. visit www.istoppfalls.eu.
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15 - 15:30
The main goal of WIISEL (Wireless Insole for Independent and Safe Elderly Living) is to develop a flexible research tool to collect and analyse gait data from users, and develop a library of parameters related to the risk of falls from the elderly population. Coordinated by CETEMMSA, WIISEL is funded by the European Commission (FP7-ICT, 41 months), with 3.9 Mß‚ budget and 8 partners from 6 different countries. The WIISEL project ends in March 2015.
WIISEL exemplifies many projects that have devoted a huge effort in R&D towards ICT for ageing and now must optimize the chance for successful use of its outcomes. While the opportunities for support for new research challenges are well known by the research community, when it comes to exploitation and valorisation of the results, the scenarios seem rather more challenging. The WIISEL final event will describe the technology developed during the project and summarize its main exploitation outcomes. These include: a novel Gait Analysis Software Tool; a Fall Risk Index; a Fall Detection algorithm; a Constant monitoring system; a Smartphone application, as well as Real-life long term human gait data.
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00 - 17:15
Getting up from the floor
Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Lars Schwickert, RBK, Stuttgart, Germany Ronald Boos, RBK, Stuttgart, Germany
Thousands of older adults are unable to rise from the floor after a fall . Without getting help, they suffer from hazardous long lying periods. For prevention, it is relevant to understand movement patterns while rising from the floor and develop training interventions that specifically address the problems. Popular prevention programs implemented backward chaining techniques for retraining older persons getting off the floor [2, 3]. A hands-on demo in a fitness enviroment will give all participants of the workshop the opportunity to practice such techniques and discuss possible adaptations and adjustments for implementation into exercise interventions. Secondly this workshop will give insight into a previous study, displaying a motion sequence model for successful recovery strategies in older persons getting up from the floor from video footage . Furthermore a new algorithmic approach for automatic detection of rising from the floor as well as extracted kinematic parameters of different movement patterns will be presented from inertial sensor signals.
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 D. Skelton, S. Dinan, M. Campbell, und O. Rutherford, "Tailored group exercise (Falls Management Exercise -- FaME) reduces falls in community-dwelling older frequent fallers (an RCT)", Age Ageing, Bd. 34, Nr. 6, S. 636-639, Nov. 2005.
 A. C. Reece und J. M. Simpson, "Preparing Older People to Cope after a Fall", Physiotherapy, Bd. 82, Nr. 4, S. 227-235, Apr. 1996.
 L. Schwickert, C. Oberle, C. Becker, U. Lindemann, J. Klenk, M. Schwenk , A. Bourke , W. Zijlstra, "Model development to study strategies of older persons getting up from the floor", [Submitted]
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00 - 17:15
Smartphones incorporate a powerful computing platform embedding a rich set of sensors. Mobile Phone Sensing is a relatively new concept with the potential to revolutionise many aspects of our lives; acting as a personal health system, a smartphone has the potential to reduce health-care costs and hospitalisation. This workshop provides an overview on how smartphone-based solutions can make a difference in the healthcare process.
Title: Why the Smartphone will become even more important for seniors than they are already for the younger generations
Presenter: Frank Verbeek, Gociety, The Netherlands
Gociety enables seniors to connect - with more ease - to the world around them through a superior easy to use smartphone interface and empowers them to take a more active role in the management of their personal care, safety and well-being. The GoLivePhone and GoliveAssist contribute to a model of prevention, early diagnosis and continuous remote care. Today that includes automatic activity & fall detection, fall risk prediction, informal care giver integration and peace of mind, flexible MPERS functionalityß€¦all at a fraction of today's costs.
Title: Falls risk assessment: getting the mental picture
Presenter: Pepijn Van de Ven, University of Limerick, Ireland
Subjective mental well-being can have a debilitating effect on a user's confidence in their own physical abilities and may increase falls risk. Ecological momentary assessments (EMAs) allow for the regular gathering of information on user depressive symptoms, fear of falling, social isolation, anxiety pain, etc. and can inform aspects of personal well-being and falls risk not typically assessed continuously. The combination of EMAs with physical activity sensing on smartphones offers opportunities for uncovering important new information as to the causes of lowered physical activity and increased falls risk in elderly citizens.
Title: Smartphone-based solutions for functional assessment, fall detection and fall prevention: the FARSEEING approach
Presenter: Sabato Mellone, University of Bologna, Italy
Within the framework of the FARSEEING project, smartphones are used for long-term monitoring of physical activity at home and for instrumenting clinical tests for functional assessment providing instrumental measures of the motor performance in addition to the traditional clinical outcomes. User's fall/health risk factors as an output of monitoring, signal analysis, and reasoning, would allow tailoring a personalized intervention or motivational strategy also taking advantage of the smartphone capability to provide a variety of feedbacks to caregivers and users.
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00 - 17:15
Vision, eye tracking and falls - the role of vestibular ocular reflex
This workshop will address the mechanistic aspects of the association of the vestibulo-ocular reflex suppression with falls in the elderly.
Reduction of falls frequency is a major aim in an ageing society. This requires a better understanding of causative factors that lead to falls. Although some risk factors and causes for falls in the elderly have been identified (including history of falls and gait and balance deficits) there is general agreement that many additional deficits contribute to increased falls risk.
The suppression of the vestibuloocular reflex (VOR suppression) is an eye movement that we need to shift gaze to objects of interest. It is routinely performed many 1000 times a day independent of body position, and helps us, e.g. to circumvent moving obstacles during walking or standing. Thus we have to coordinate VOR suppression and balance and gait on a very regular daily basis. Interestingly, this reflex deteriorates with age and during neurodegenerative processes, and is associated with falls. However the exact mechanisms how VOR suppression is associated with balance and gait during ageing and neurodegeneration has never been investigated in detail.
This workshop gives an insight into current research on simultaneous analysis of oculomotion and locomotion. In a small group you will have time to test the equipment (Eyetracking system, Body worn sensor, 3- D motion capture system). We will measure the vestibulo ocular reflex and the vestibulo ocular reflex suppression in a stance position but also while walking. Analysis methods and future research can be discussed.
Are you interested? Join us!
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00 - 17:15
Video-footage for fall detection and fall risk estimation.
Several new algorithms for camera-based fall detection and fall risk estimation have been proposed in the literature, with the aim to monitor older people at home so caregivers can be warned in case of an event. However, these algorithms are evaluated often on data captured in artificial environments, under optimal conditions (simple scenes, controlled illumination, and camera setup), and with falls simulated by actors. In this session we present results based on real life video-footage, recorded at the place of residence older persons.
Characteristics of falls captured on video in long-term care
Simon Fraser University, Canada
Video based fall detection from laboratory setting to real-life environments.
KU Leuven / Thomas More, Belgium
Video based in-home fall risk assessment
KU Leuven, Belgium
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00 - 17:15
Footwear and Sensing
Christopher Moufawad el Achkar, EPFL - Laboratory of Movement Analysis and Measurement (Switzerland)
Juan Vicente DurG?, IBV - Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (Spain)
Alberto Ferrari, Personal Health Systems Lab, University of Bologna (Italy)
The quantification and analysis of human motion using wearable sensors has witnessed considerable advancement in recent years due to MEMS progress and miniaturization as well as the large scale availability of smartphones. The outcomes of such analyses are crucial in the fields of activity monitoring, gait analysis and fall prevention; these outcomes provide clinicians with highly reliable information that can be used to diagnose the early onset of a mobility-related disease or injury risk and propose individual interventions to improve the mobility status of an elderly person, a stroke patient or an athlete, for example.
The use in daily life of wearable sensors such as accelerometers, gyroscopes, GPS, barometers and pressure sensors is often accompanied by the issue of sensor placement. A large number of sensors placed on several body locations are hindering and obtrusive whereas sensors placed on a single body location can suffer from lower accuracies in providing certain movement parameters.
Footwear has been emerging as a preferred location for several human motion analysis applications, since sensors can be embedded unobtrusively into personal footwear in the form of insoles. Moreover, the foot is an ideal location for gait analysis and pressure measurement.
This workshop focuses on state-of-the-art applications of footwear-based sensing in the fields of activity monitoring, gait analysis, fall risk assessment, real-time biofeedback, rehabilitation and running performance in the framework of four distinct EU projects: FARSEEING, WIISEL, Runsafer and CuPiD. Three lectures will be given on the following topics:-Activity monitoring, gait analysis and mobility evaluation of elderly persons in daily life http://farseeingresearch.eu/ -Treating gait impairments of patients with Parkinson's disease by means of real-time biofeedback in daily life - http://www.cupid-project.eu/ -Relevance of using footwear and insoles for fall risk prediction, mobility and activity monitoring http://www.wiisel.eu/ - Inertial sensors in footwear for runners with possible applications for fatigue detection http://www.runsafer.eu/ Note this workshop has a limited number of spaces available (20)
PARALLEL SESSION C - Wednesday 25th March 10:00-11:15
App Development - toolkits for Practitioners and Older People to promote self-management of best practice falls prevention
Today there is a lack of guidance, both for seniors and professionals, on how to select and progress exercises for fall prevention. The following two applications aim to address this issue;
During the workshop the Apps and examples of the exercises will be demonstrated:
Parallel Workshop C - Wednesday 25th March 10:00 - 11:15
Exergames to improve compliance to falls prevention exercise
We have much research to show that strength and balance exercise, performed for a sufficient dose and intensity, can help reduce falls rate and falls risk in older adults . However, many people do not wish to, or cannot, attend group training sessions, either because of distance to get to sessions, time constraints for travel or indeed just not wanting to exercise in groups. Therefore most services instead rely on home exercise booklets which are just handed out to patients. The repetitive nature of these exercises; combined with the inherent lack of feedback of progress may discourage older people from exercising in the home, thereby rendering such an intervention ineffective. This workshop will examine three ICT approaches to Exergames. Firstly a variation of the Otago exercises using specific sensors and laptop technology , developed with older people . Compliance with the exercises were compared between those performing with a home exercise booklet only, those using visualisations of their movement and those using the Exergame. Then results from the iStoppFalls project will be presented where participants were meant to exercise with an Exergame 3 hours per week over a 4 month period [4,5]. Results on outcome measures and compliance with the games will be discussed. Finally a pilot study using a series of Otago exercises using Kinect and the MIRA platform, (with patient statistics captured to enable rapid evaluation of the effectiveness of the programme) will be discussed [6,7]. All speakers will discuss compliance issues with the exercises and platforms they have used.
 Sherrington C, Tiedemann A, Fairhall N, Close JC, Lord SR. Exercise to prevent falls in older adults: an updated meta-analysis and best practice recommendations. N S W Public Health Bull. 2011;22(3-4):78-83.
 Uzor S, Baillie L, Skelton DA, Rowe PJ. Falls prevention advice and visual feedback to those at risk of falling: study protocol for a pilot randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2013;19;14:79.
 Uzor S, Baillie L, Skelton DA. Senior Designers: Empowering Seniors to Design Enjoyable Falls Rehabilitation Tools. Computer Human Interaction, 2012. Senior designers. ACM Press, p. 1179.www.istoppfalls.eu
 Gschwind, Y. J., Eichberg, S., Marston, H. R., Ejupi, A., Rosario, H., Kroll, M., . . . Delbaere, K. (2014). ICT-based system to predict and prevent falls (iStoppFalls): study protocol for an international multicenter randomized controlled trial. BMC Geriatrics, 14(1), 91. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-14-91
Parallel Session C - Wednesday 25th March 10:00-11:15
Gaming: User designs and engagement of users in development of game solutions
Game technologies can increase physical and social activity and help people achieve their exercise requirements. With a growing older adult population, game technologies have the potential to promote physical activity and engagement in both the general population and in rehabilitation for clinical populations. There are many social applications which are designed to also engage older adults in physical activities.
This workshop will present and discuss user-centred design and user engagement in games for physical and social activities, with a focus on older adults. In particular, the workshop will consider the role of older adults in the design and assessment of games, as user acceptance is important for uptake and adherence. The process of using user centric design with older adults will be discussed. Findings from the FARSEEING project regarding older adults' perspectives on technology use will be presented. The potential for gaming to improve muscle strength, balance and quality of movement in the context of falls prevention will be addressed. There will be further examination of how to achieve the desired user engagement, including which motivational elements work on short- and long-term usage.
Parallel Session C - Wednesday 25th March 10:00-11:15
Perturbation Treadmill Intervention for Improving Balance Recovery Function in Older Adults
A fall occurs when an individual experiences a loss of balance from which it is unable to recover. Approximately 60% of falls in older adults are related to insufficient recovery after a balance perturbation (e.g. slips, trips, missteps; collisions with the environment; destabilizing effects of volitional movement). Slip-related falls often cause injury; these often have catastrophic consequences, even among the healthiest older persons. Establishing a preventive training regimen against slip-related falls would, without doubt, have major public health implications. An emerging paradigm relies on perturbation training to improve recovery skills, thus reduce fall-risk. This approach focuses on adaptation to perturbation rather than on self-motivated improvements of one's volitional performance. The current method for inducing slips - using a long instrumented walkway with moveable platforms and overhead protective railing system - is often infeasible in the clinical and community settings. In recent years, specific perturbation treadmills have been manufactured (e.g. Balance TutorTM, MediTouch Ltd.) and can be used to deliver precisely controlled and highly reproducible perturbation. The system consists of a treadmill mounted on a moving force plate platform. The platform moves in the horizontal medio-lateral and forward- backward plains to simulate a slip and a trip during standing and walking. It is relatively easy and convenient to provide the requisite harness protection in a small and confined activity space during treadmill training. For these reasons, perturbation treadmills would be advantageous to use in clinical or community fall-prevention training. Participants in this workshop will learn the basic principles of perturbation treadmill training in theory and practice. Workshop topics include a) the main categories of human postural control (voluntary balance control vs. reactive responses), b) scientific evidence for the effectiveness of perturbation treadmill training to reduce fall risk, c) conducting assessment and training of balance recovery using a perturbation treadmill (practice).
Note this WS has a limited number of 20 places available
PARALLEL SESSION A - Tuesday 24th March 14:15-15:30
ProFouND: Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination
The EC funded Thematic Network ProFouND focuses on falls prevention and works closely with EIP-AHA to disseminate and implement best practice in falls prevention across Europe, using novel ICT solutions. ProFouND comprises 21 partners from 12 countries, with associate members from 10 countries.
ProFouND is posited on the observation that whilst there is strong scientific evidence upon which to base clinical practice and public policy, there is a translational gap between evidence and implementation. ProFouND aims to close that translational gap across Europe by use of ICT approaches to move evidence into policy and practice.
This workshop will provide an overview of the first 2 years of ProFouND's work. Using interactive workshop techniques alongside traditional presentation we will focus on:
The workshop will also give insight into development of the Innovation Factory and how our network of policy makers, NGOS, manufacturers and other stakeholders is working to move the problem of falls up the social and political agenda of the countries of the EU.
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th March 16:00-17:15"Sensor based assessments of mobility and fall risk in older persons"
This workshop focuses on the issue how sensor based measurements may provide us with adequate assessments of mobility and fall risk in older persons. The use of motion sensors to assess aspects of physical activity has great potential for the evaluation of mobility in the context of fall prevention programmes. In the last decades, clinical tests of mobility, balance, and fall risk have been complemented by various sensor based approaches for assessing mobility related activities such as rising from a chair, standing, and walking. Some existing mobility tests for older people such as the timed up and go test have been instrumented in order to obtain a more objective and accurate assessment of performance than only the time to complete the test. The use of body worn motion sensors is not limited to standardised and supervised test conditions. Available methods allow the detection and analysis of mobility related activities based on data collected during unsupervised activities in daily life. Hence, the question arises whether the information we can gain from standardised testing and from daily life data is complementary, and how we should define assessment approaches for assessing mobility and fall risk. The workshop addresses this question by presenting and discussing examples of motion sensor based assessments of mobility related activities during standardised test conditions as well as during unsupervised daily life conditions.
Free University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
University of Limerick, Ireland
Philips Research, the Netherlands
PARALLEL SESSION B - Tuesday 24th march 16:00-17:15
Sensor Based Approaches
There is no doubt about the usefulness of using sensors and devices integrating them for care and supervision purposes with elderly people. Wearable based and environmental solutions must be considered and probably must to be seen as complementary.
FATE is a piloting project with a specific objective: the correct detection of the falls occurring with the elderly people. Concurrent objectives are the contribution to the reduction of the fear of falling and the effective prevention of the long lie syndrome. FATE system is able to correctly detect falls both at home and outside. The main part of the system is a fall detector device that is worn at the waist level by the user. The device is based in accelerometers and it is running an embedded original algorithm, with a high sensitivity and specificity level close to 100%. A communication layer transmits the detected fall, through a mobile phone, to the relatives or to an alarm call centre. When the fall occurs outside, the GPS service included in the mobile phone sends the localization of the incidence.
As elderly often refuse or forget to wear any additional sensors to activate alarm calls, fearless is an ambient device which is not worn on the body. In case of a severe fall elderly users may pass out or be unable to release an alarm themselves. In the event of a fall, fearless detects and handles these risks by contacting relatives or a care taker organization automatically - without the need of any user intervention. This is done by using only one single type of sensor making the system affordable for everyone. Due to the use of an active 3D sensor technology, the system also works during the night and can be used on affordable single board computers.
Parallel Session C – Wednesday 25th March 10:00-11:15
Stepping exergames and fall risk in older people
Daniel Schoene, Institute for Biomedicine of Aging (IBA), Nuremberg, firstname.lastname@example.org
With aging, sensorimotor and specific cognitive functions decline with one consequence being an increased fall risk. To safely move around in a challenging environment and avoid falling, taking rapid and well-coordinated steps is important and requires the functional integration of sensorimotor and cognitive abilities. Interactive cognitive-motor training, such as exergames involve stimuli presented on a projection screen and human gross motor movements as responses.
This WS will present findings from several studies conducted in Sydney using step pads as input device for functional training that require players to step in different directions depending on the presented stimuli. We developed and evaluated a step training system that could be implemented in a broad context. Moreover, due to the low costs of this technology and its potential for use in home settings (self-administered screening tests, unsupervised interventions) it is also attractive from a public health perspective.
The main aims of the project were:
Findings of this project demonstrate that the combination of stepping and executive functioning is associated with falls in older people and that a quick and easy-to-administer step test using exergame technology can be used as a fall risk screen in this population. Stepping exergames can also be used to improve important sensorimotor and cognitive risk factors for falls. The intervention can be carried out unsupervised in the home setting but only when additional support is provided.
In this clinically oriented WS the step training system will be demonstrated and pros and cons will be discussed.
Parallel Session C – Wednesday 25th March 10:00-11:15
REWIRE: Exer-games based platform for autonomous rehabilitation
Eling de Bruin, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland
Alberto Borghese, University of Milano,Milano, Italy
The REWIRE project has developed, integrated and field tested an innovative exer-game based rehabilitation platform, which allows patients, discharged from the hospital, to continue intensive rehabilitation autonomously at home under remote monitoring by the hospital itself. The platform has been realized assembling off the shelf components in a robust and reliable way to get a system that can be deployed massively at the patients’ homes. The platform is constituted of three hierarchical components: a patient station (PS), deployed and installed at home, a hospital station (HS) and a networking station (NS) at the health provider site. The PS is based on an innovative game engine (IGER: Intelligent Game Engine for Rehabilitation) that integrates classical functionalities of a game engine (animation, rendering, collision detection), with a virtual therapist that, through state of the art Virtual Intelligence, is able to assist, advice and, especially, monitor that the patient is doing the exercises in a correct way. A color coded feedback on the avatar allows immediate comprehension by the patient on how he/she is doing the exercise. A full set of nine exer-games has been designed for posture and balance rehabilitation inside Gentile’s taxonomy which, thus, provides a robust framework inside which exercises may progress in difficulty. The HS is a Web-based application associated with a data repository allocated to the cloud. Its main role is the definition of the rehabilitation sessions in terms of exer-games composition and difficulty. It allows also reviewing the results and patients progression through time. Finally, data mining in the NS discovers common features and trends of rehabilitation treatment among hospitals and regions. Preliminary results from the pilot have allowed us to assess their therapeutic and motivational effects, and to validate the effectiveness of our game engine and of our design solutions.
Parallel Session C – Wednesday 25th March 10:00 – 11:15
Exergames for Rehabilitation in Clinical Practice
SilverFit provides a series of systems for use in (geriatric) rehabilitation. The systems are in use in over 1500 locations and 16 countries worldwide. The SilverFit software has been certified as a CE Class I medical device.
The system has been developed to combine:
- scientific insights into efficacy. The system contains exercises for e.g., stroke recovery, fall prevention, total hip rehabilitation and other situations
- practical insights from clinical use to ensure efficient daily use.
- psychological insights from co-designing games with the target population, mostly elderly people
- adaptability to the level of physical, cognitive, and sensory ability, especially when the level is very low.
Given the scale at which the SilverFit is used in clinics worldwide, it may be an ideal research platform for researchers interested in exergames in older adults.
In this workshop, we will demonstrate the possibilities of the SilverFit for clinicians and researchers in practice.
We would also like to discuss the most recent insights from research and our clinical development and research roadmap.
Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam boasts an impressive and affordable public transport network including metros, buses, trams, ferries and trains to help you get around the capital and to the Academic Medica Centre where the EUFF 2017 will be held.
From Schiphol airport you can either take a taxi (€35-€45) or the train to Duivendrecht Station. From the Station, you will then need to take the metro (#50 or #54 direction GEIN) and get off at Holendrecht. Further information and tickets can be obtrained from the Dutch Railway (NS) office locatied in the main hall of the airport across from the Central Meeting Point pillar (bright red and white checkered column).
The train station HOLENDRECHT is 5 minutes walk from the main entrance of the Amsterdam Medical Centre. Trains from the direction Amsterdam and Utrecht stop at this station.
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