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Over 65s needed to test new health self-management system at Dundalk IT

Over 65s needed to test new health self-management system at Dundalk IT

Over 65s are being sought to test a revolutionary new health self-management system being trialled at Dundalk IT.

NetwellCASALA, the Research Centre for Ageing at DkIT, is running the Irish trials of the major EU project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people with multiple chronic health conditions.

The research team are looking to recruit 60 local people who are aged over 65 and who have been diagnosed with two or more of the following chronic conditions: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema or chronic bronchitis, heart failure or chronic heart disease (angina, hypertension, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia) to participate in the trial.  Up to five people in the care network supporting the older person (e.g. family member, informal carer and healthcare professionals) can also participate in the trial.

The project is called ProACT and it has the potential to vastly improve the healthcare being delivered to older people who have multiple chronic conditions, by putting them at the centre of their own care.  The project aims to empower older people and their carers to take more control of their health and wellbeing by centring support on them in their home and by incorporating timely, proactive interventions to improve their conditions.

The researchers at NetwellCASALA are interested to see how specially designed technology can support people in an everyday setting, to learn more about their health and to help them to manage their health conditions and overall wellbeing from home.

The 12 month trial is scheduled to start from this month. All necessary devices, as well as full support and guidance on using the technology, will be provided throughout the trial by trained researchers.

If you, or someone you know, is over 65 and has two or more chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure or chronic heart disease) and has not been diagnosed with dementia, we’d love to hear from you.  Please contact Suzanne Smith at NetwellCASALA for more information on 0429370497 extension 2501 or email Suzanne.smith@netwellcentre.org  or go to www.netwellcasala.org.

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