Which of these fields of Active and Healthy Ageing are addressed by your initiative?
Personalized health management, Prevention and early diagnosis of functional and cognitive decline, Assisted daily living, Independent living solutions, Age friendly buildings, environments, and communities.
If none of the above, answer here:
Please describe if and how your stakeholders (cooperation partners, funders, users, etc.) have been participating in defining the problem and developing the solution.
In this project, SeneCura collaborates closely with science and industry. The Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg accompanies the fitness program scientifically and constantly evaluates health improvements. The fitness devices have been designed and developed by Proxomed. The project has been implemented with strong support of communities and federal government. In Krems (Lower Austria), for example, Deputy Mayor Wolfgang Derler officially opened the SeneCura fitness center for senior citizens and in Bludenz (Vorarlberg), SeneCura welcomed guest of honor Governor Dr. Herbert Sausgruber at the opening ceremony. In addition, well-known sports professionals have been committed to guarantee high quality: Mag. Gerd Habermüller, sports scientist and former “Olympionike” and Rudold Frint, fitness instructor at John Harris Wien and nutritional coach are managing the program.
Has your solution been tested in trials, experimentations, or pilot projects? If yes, please describe the process and outcome.
„Fit & Mobile 77+“ has been greeted with an enthusiastic response – among SeneCura residents as well as among the elderly citizens who may use the fitness centres for free. Starting with just one fitness centre in Krems, SeneCura now offers a broad network of fitness centres throughout most of their senior homes.
The on-going scientific evaluation conducted by the Paracelsus Medical University has detected several positive results:
• Improvement of mobility, especially regarding those body regions which cause problems such as the mobility of the hands.
• Increased muscle strength
• Improved physical coordination and body composition
• Positive mental changes: Residents tend to trust themselves more to do things and are braver to conduct everyday activities. Furthermore, the risk of falls and other accidents has decreased. The participants have fun, are able to socialize and therefore an increase in joie de vivre can be seen
What barriers might hinder the success of your initiative? How do you plan to overcome them?
We did not encounter any barriers as our project has been greeted positively by all stakeholders.