Elderly people and ageing
The progressive ageing of the population poses new social and economic challenges that demand solutions to continue improving elderly people’s quality of life.
At the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) we help our customers develop products and services to meet elderly people’s needs and preferences, from the design phases to the evaluation and certification of the final products in order to ensure they are suitable for this specific population group.
We develop technological solutions to objectively analyse people’s loss of functional and cognitive capacities due to ageing, helping to prescribe activities to reverse such processes.
We help respond to these essential challenges

ACTIVE AGEING

It has been shown that active ageing is essential to halt the conditions that appear with age that deteriorate people’s functional and cognitive capacities and can lead to a state of fragility. To diagnose such a state early on, it is necessary to provide professionals with the tools to enable them to objectively analyse the deterioration of elderly people’s capacities and prescribe action to reverse the trend.

THE ELDERLY AND NEW TECHNOLOGIES

Elderly people are interacting with new technologies more and more (healthcare assistance services, socializing with family and friends, etc.). It is therefore essential to take into account their characteristics and needs when designing these new products and services.

AGEING IN THE WORKPLACE

Ageing in the working population presents a challenge for companies, which must adapt their workplaces from the ergonomic, cognitive and organisational points of view, taking into account elderly people’s loss of capacities. Alongside these steps, ageing must be suitably managed to be able to keep up the working population’s motivation and productivity until they retire.

Our solutions
We help companies and organisations develop solutions suited to elderly people’s needs and preferences:
R&D

At the Instituto de Biomécanica (IBV) we have a solid scientific basis as regards ageing, which enables us to carry out projects concerning the elderly and people in a situation of dependency, fragility or disability. We have the necessary knowledge to help companies, associations, users and institutions to develop products and services and to continue improving such people’s quality of life.

Technological consultancy

Based on our knowledge acquired about the elderly population, we accompany companies in the process of designing and validating their solutions, putting forward improvements to them in order to fully satisfy the end client.

We analyse elderly people’s interaction with the devices by applying people-centred innovation methods so as to identify possible improvements in them from the point of view of usability and functionality.

Inspection and testing

IBV has the SIMPLIT certification by which companies can accredit that a device or service is easy to use, comfortable and intuitive for elderly people.

To obtain the SIMPLIT seal, the product or service must pass an evaluation process that includes verification that it meets regulations and usability tests with the users themselves.

Technologies

One of the WHO’s five priority objectives in its global strategy and action plan on ageing and health is to improve measurements, monitoring and research on healthy ageing. All of this implies a need for new measurement mechanisms and analytical methods to evaluate aspects related to the ageing process.

At the Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) we have technologies such as Fallskip, the biomechanical application that evaluates a person’s risk of falling, as well as assessing their locomotor system’s functional state. This helps to address the problem of elderly people falling, which affects 30% of people over 65 years of age at least once a year, and 50% of people over 80.

Fallskip. Innovation and precision
to assess elderly adults’ risk of falling

A biomechanical application that evaluates the risk of a person falling due to their functional state.

R&D projects
BANK4ELDER

BANK4ELDER

Innovate Ways of Banking Designed for and by Elderly.
WETAKECARE

WETAKECARE

Collaborative interaction in caring & training to improve the autonomy in Activities of Daily Living.
AGE FRIENDLY WORKPLACES

AGE FRIENDLY WORKPLACES

How to desing age-friendly workplaces.
AD GAMING

AD GAMING

Materiales formativos para mejorar la calidad de vida de las personas con Alzheimer a través de los juegos.
MyAHA

MyAHA

My Active and Healthy Aging.
Success stories
MIMOV

MIMOV

Mobile geolocator for dependent people
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