People behind INFINITy – Episode 4 – Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa

In today’s episode of “The people Behind INFINITy”, we present Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa, in Terrassa, Spain.

If you want to know more about Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa (CST), you can visit its profile.

In Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa we met Dra. Maite Garolera, chief of Neuropsychology Unit of Hospital de Terrassa-CST and Clinical Research of Brain, Cognition and Behavior Group at Biomedical Research Unit of CST. We also met Marta Vancells junior researcher at Clinical Research Group of Brain, Cognition and Behaivor in CST.

Challenges and Opportunities of INFINITy

One of INFINITy’s main challenges for us is that Terrassa City has become an active agent for the health of people with cognitive impairments within the project. The focus of the outdoor project scenario is a user receiving healthy life and self-care messages in her/his usual environment outside home.

These messages are produced from different points in the city, called points of interest, that have been chosen for their semantic relationship with the messages. Messages are aimed to the promotion of physical, cognitive and emotional health. We have also standardised message frequency with the objective of not saturating users with too many notifications.

The development of what messages, how and where manage them, has been also an important challenge, but at the same time, it has given us the alternative of learning about smart cities opportunities.

INFINITy project has opened the door to future actions where cities will be safe and personal autonomy promoters’ environments that people with cognitive impairments especially need.

Which experience from previous projects are you integrating?

Previously, we had already worked on other projects with people with cognitive impairment and new technologies. These previous experiences have allowed us better outlining how outdoor messages should be, considering project target audience.

Moreover, our background as experts in cognition and co-designers of technological solutions for people with cognitive impairments, has allowed us to design messages by applying our field of knowledge.

In addition, we are using our experience on recruiting and engagement of older people with mild cognitive impairments in technological projects, during INFINITy recruitment process and pilots.

What do you like the most?

INFINITy project has many interesting parts; however, the most interesting part for CST is the outdoor scenario, directly related with smart cities.

We are expecting to check the impact and subjective experience of older people with cognitive impairment receiving these messages within the project from their city, with the objective of promoting personal autonomy and healthy aging.

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