Project Presentation at Gesundheits-cercle (Wiener Rathaus), Vienna

EURAG Austria is running regular lectures for older people concerning health issues to give an input how to age in a good and self determined way. In course of these lectures the GeTVivid was introduced to about 250 attendants with a short presentation. People were delighted by the idea of the GeTVivid platform and some of them are already involved in the project.

Technical Partner Project Meeting in Munich

The Institut für Rundfunktechnik (IRT) hosted on the 14th and 15th of January 2014 in Munich the technical project partner meeting to discuss first insights form the user requirements analysis and how to implement the different services of GeTVivid:

(1) a help exchange system that enables older adults to offer/ask for support for daily life activities to/from other older adults, who are living in geographical closeness; in case the informal care within a local entity (e.g., a residential building or home or a neighborhood) does not provide the help needed, the network can be extended incrementally from the direct surrounding to relatives (informal carers) and then to formal carers; this also includes a support of social integration and connecting generations for informal care by providing the possibility to display short messages;
(2) an access to service providers like meals on wheels, shopping assistance, house-keeping, taxi, medical help or assistance, etc. and
(3) support functions like reminders (e.g., for medication intake), news, weather, etc.

In the project meeting the following partner participated the ICT&S Center and the computer science department of the University of Salzburg (Austria), University of St. Gallen from Switzerland, Institut für Rundfunktechnik and Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH from Germany, Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L. from Spain, and a representative of Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. from Germany.

“Going in the Field” – Interviews, Observations and Workshops with End Users

During three weeks in October 2013 Alina Krischkowsky, a researcher from the ICT&S Center (University of Salzburg), visited the end user organizations in Switzerland, Germany and Austria to conduct interviews, observations and workshops on-site with older adults.

In order to gain a basic understanding how activities of daily living of our target group are organized, Alina went to CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen from Switzerland (14.10.13-18.10.13), Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. from Germany (21.10.13-25.10.13) and to EURAG from Austria (28.10.13-31.10.13). Overall 14 interviews and observations with potential end users were conducted within their residential homes to investigate the target groups’ needs. The participants have been recruited by the end user organizations.

At the end of each week a workshop was organized consisting of all participants that took part in the interviews and observations within the respective week. The goal of these workshops was, to collaboratively reflect upon the gathered insights during the week and to discuss upon potential challenges and opportunities for the GeTVivid Project.

Within the three weeks, very valuable conversations and discussions together with our target group were held that have led to important insights concerning older adults necessities of daily living, how they organize their activities of daily living and their respective needs in terms of support from informal caregivers but also what kind of support they can provide to others.

Thanks to the end user organizations for the smooth organization on-site and special thanks go to all participants that were involved within the study.

Information Afternoon for Seniors

Right from the start of the project GeTVivid the cooperation of GeTVivid with the projects InBestForm and SenS, which aim the social networking of seniors, was prepared. For that on October 3rd, 2013 the VMKN (Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg) initiated an information afternoon for seniors to introduce the project GeTVivid. 8 seniors were present; they were very interested in the idea of the platform. A discussion developed around the pros and contras of such a Service Platform as well as its possibilities of use. Precisely the possibility to organize leisure activities like walking, cultural visits or even vacation escorts attracted great interest. The seniors developed innovative ideas to offer support, but also mentioned their limits which would exclude their participation of the GeTVivid-Platform. The following points summarize the discussion:

  • The participating seniors define themselves as donors than as recipients; they like to offer their support for housework or gardening within their abilities.
  • The voluntary principle is important; the offered help should be given voluntarily and unconditionally. No obligations should result from given support.
  • The help should be given for free.
  • The timeliness is very important for the seniors. Usually assistance like shopping or going to the pharmacy is needed promptly. So an immediate realization is desired. So the question has arisen whether a request via telephone would make more sense.
  • The organization of leisure time, for example going to cinema or walking is rated as less critical of the times. Precisely here clear advantages of the GeTVivid-platform are noticed.

At the end of the discussion the seniors indicated great interest for the progress of the GeTVivid project. They expressed their willingness to be available for further discussions and tests.

AAL Forum in Norrköping (Sweden)

From the 24th until the 26th of September 2013 the AAL Forum (www.aalforum.eu) took place at Norrköping, Sweden. The annual event serves as a platform for the AAL community to meet and discuss relevant topics for improving the AAL JP and bring AAL solutions to the market. The topic of this year’s forum was “Impacting individuals, society and economic growth”. The AAL Project GeTVivid was represented at the AAL Forum by Katja Neureiter from University of Salzburg and Victor Sanchez from Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L.

Around 1000 participants and more than 60 exhibitiors from all over Europe attended the forum. The event consisted of project presentations, workshops and also a big exhibition area that allowed to promote products and services that are currently developed within ongoing AAL projects. The event was used to distribute brochures, making people aware of a new AAL project.

Project Kick-Off Meeting 23.-24.07.2013

On the 23rd July the consortium met in Salzburg at the ICT&S Center of the University of Salzburg to kick-off the project and start working. During the first day the main goals and future achievements within the project were discussed and the partners introduced themselves and their organizations. The social event in the evening started with a walk trough Salzburg to see the main sights and hear some anecdotes. The evening faded out with a nice dinner at the Stadtalm that offers a panoramic view over Salzburg.

On the 24th July the different workpackages were discussed in the consortium and the next steps for the upcoming month agreed on. The whole meeting was very productive and after the two days all the partners were motivated to start working on the project.

The project is coordinated by the ICT&S Center der University of Salzburg (Austria). End-user organizations are CURAVIVA Verband Heime und Institutionen from Switzerland, Verein für Menschen mit Körperbehinderung Nürnberg e.V. from Germany und die EURAG from Austria. Technical partners are University of St. Gallen from Switzerland, Institut für Rundfunktechnik GmbH from Germany, Hövener & Trapp Evision GmbH from Germany, Ingenieria y Soluciones Informaticas del Sur, S.L. from Spain and the computer science department of the University of Salzburg from Austria.

Project Start 01.07.2013

1st July the GeTVivid project started, which aims at supporting older adults with mild impairments to manage their daily activities in their residential home in order to improve quality of life, increase autonomy and support participation in social live. GeTVivid aims to offer different services:
(1) a help exchange system that enables older adults to offer/ask for support for daily life activities to/from other older adults, who are living in geographical closeness; in case the informal care within a local entity (e.g., a residential building or home or a neighborhood) does not provide the help needed, the network can be extended incrementally from the direct surrounding to relatives (informal carers) and then to formal carers; this also includes a support of social integration and connecting generations for informal care by providing the possibility to display short messages;
(2) an access to service providers like meals on wheels, shopping assistance, house-keeping, taxi, medical help or assistance, etc. and
(3) support functions like reminders (e.g., for medication intake), news, weather, etc. By applying user-centered design the (future) users and their activities, goals and characteristics are in the center of the development process, i.e. the specification of potential services will be explored within this project together with older adults.