500 seniors to use Kwido’s technology thanks to the ReAAL project

     November 7, 2013
    By Javier Garcia

    For several years now, we have been involved in improving elderly people’s quality of life, patient empowerment and increasing access to new technology. Last week, we took another step forward in this endeavour, hand-in-hand with Kwido, our telecare platform via tablet, which will be used by 500 elderly citizens in collaboration with various institutions and businesses within the framework of the ReAAL Active Third Age programme.

    The programme, which forms part of the pilot scheme Make it ReAAL, will last for 6 months, with initial training and posterior evaluation periods. The prime objective is to promote independent living among the elderly through the use of games to maintain attention span, exercises to improve motor skills and social networks to promote communication. In this manner, the aim is to delay the aging process, increase connectivity with their surroundings and help create a positive attitude.

    Along with regions from other countries, four Spanish autonomous regions are currently leading this EU project to develop active aging through the use of new technologies and social networks, which help avoid senior isolation. In the Castile-La Mancha region, more specifically in the Rosaleda Centre (Guadalajara), new measures are to be applied, including Kwido, to help the elderly enjoy greater quality of life in their retirement years.

    The pilot scheme, presented by José Ignacio Echániz, the Castile-La Mancha Health Counsellor, will promote the use of tablets among the elderly with a view to them operating three specialized applications that help develop attention span, improve motor skills, and favour communication and social relationships among users. Kwido’s technology, in addition to serving as a base for launching these resources in Castile-La Mancha and Madrid, will also be used as a healthcare application, via which elderly patients can be reminded to take their medication, to give just one example.

    The project in Castile-La Mancha aims to reach a hundred users in three centres, all of whom are in a “fragile” situation, but not one of dependency, a state sought to be delayed through the use of these innovative systems. In its totality, the programme will reach 7000 people in The Basque Country, Madrid, Catalonia and other European countries, which constitutes a large-scale trial of new solutions for an important and numerous sector of society.