Portugal

Porto4Ageing - Centre on Active and Healthy Ageing
Action

This consortium aims to improve the health innovation ecosystem by removing existing bottlenecks, which will be tackled by promoting joint work between public and private actors and bridging the gap between them.

Overview

Porto4Ageing’s consortium is composed of four classes of organisations, making up the “quadruple helix approach”:

  1. Decision makers/health & care providers
  2. Business/industry
  3. Civil society/users
  4. Academia/research

These actors are coordinated together to each respond to a specific aspect of a shared vision and common targets related to responding better to citizens needs for active and healthy ageing in the Porto region of Portugal.

Impact

Through their many projects and good practices, Porto4Ageing aims to improve the quality and responsiveness of services to the needs of the citizens for active and healthy ageing.

Ageing@Coimbra
Action

Ageing@Coimbra is a consortium which aims to enhance the role of the elderly in society and the application of best practices that benefit their general well-being and active and healthy aging. Its main goal is to improve the lives of senior citizens in the Centro Region of Portugal through better social services and healthcare, as well as the creation of new innovative products and services and the development of new diagnostic and therapeutic tools.

Overview

At the core of this consortium is their “unique ecosystem” composed of the three axes of education, innovation and research. The combination of these three axes is what makes their ecosystem conducive to the development of best practices related to healthy ageing.

They are also a part of the European Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP-AHA) through a number of action groups, such as:

  • Adherence to prescription
  • Falls prevention
  • Remote monitoring of health
  • Frailty and cognitive decline
  • Age-friendly services
Impact

As part of the EIP-AHA, it aims to increase the healthy life expectancy of EU citizens by two years by 2020. It aims to accomplish this through its varied actions in education, innovation and research with a number of smaller, more specialized impacts that can be found on their website.

Up-to-date health - Running and Walking Centre in Tondela, ‘CMMCTnd’
Action

Running and Walking Centre in Tondela, Portugal (‘CMMCTnd’)

Overview

The  intervention  CMMCTnd  targets  adults,  especially  the  senior  population,  of  the  Municipality  of  Tondela, Portugal.

The  project  comprises  sessions  of  exercise  (2-3  times  a  week),  in  public  spaces  dedicated  for  fitness,  walking, jogging,  swimming,  among  others.  Some  activities  are  also  oriented  to  the  promotion  of  cognition  and  include cultural  events,  allowing  the  establishment of  partnerships  with  local  institutions.  The  intervention  also  includes the  presence  of  a  Sports  technician  at  the  Health  Unit  Centres  that  orients  the  beneficiaries  from  the  diabetic medical appointments towards an exercise programme in CMMCTnd. In addition, the presence of three nurses at the CMMCTnd allows for the diagnosis and the monitoring of the beneficiaries, registering potential useful information for  the  general  practitioner  or  the  Sports  technician in  the  “Exercise  and  Physical  Health  Bulletin”.  There is also collaboration with one nutritionist (training and monitoring healthy eating habits) and one psychologist (working in psychomotricity and cognitive development areas).

Impact

The main  operational  objectives  of  CMMCTnd  are:  to disseminate the practice of technically oriented physical exercise; to establish partnerships with the health sector, to identify beneficiaries  from  medical  appointments and  introduce  them  to  physical  exercise  activities  in  the presence of a Sports Technician; to assess and monitor health parameters; and to register physical performance and health of participants.

The CMMCTnd’s central goal is to reduce the sedentary lifestyle and the isolation of the elderly population in Tondela, through activities designed to promote healthy and active ageing. The CMMCTnd provides a platform for health promotion by providing the space for regular physical exercise activities, counselling, and dissemination of health-related information.

Ageing and Violence
Action

Identifying situations of violence among older people.

Overview

The 'Ageing and Violence' project's aimed to identify and characterize the situations of violence (physical, psychological, financial, sexual and neglect) that seniors over 60 residing in Portugal are subjected to in the family context.

Knowledge of the prevalence of the problem in the Portuguese population was acquired through a Portuguese population survey (telephone survey). The information collected from the beginning of the project in March 2011 revealed the characteristics of victims and the risk factors contributing to the occurrence of family violence. A sample of victims from the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) and the National Institute of Legal Medicine, IP (INML, IP.) was also consulted for the research.

Impact

The project's results included the identification of situations of violence occurrence (frequency and type of act) and its determinants, the characterization of health status, living conditions, the psychological well-being and social networking support and help of the elderly population, and the development of a set of recommendations that can influence policy makers and legislators in preventing and fighting violence against older people. The outcome contributed to ageing in better conditions, while encouraging greater outreach and social support to both seniors and their families.

GERIA - Geriatric study in Portugal on Health Effects of Air Quality in Elderly Care Centers
Action

To improve the health of older persons living in elderly care centres.

Overview

The aim of the project is to assess and improve the indoor air quality of elderly care centres. With the ageing of the European population, the number of people living in elderly care centres will constantly increase. These people spend about 19-20 hours per day indoors, therefore, the indoor air quality is a special concern and a critical contributor to their health and quality of life. Ageing adults, particularly the elderly, can have weakened immune systems and age-related health problems which make them more vulnerable to health complications associated with indoor air pollution.

The project particularly focuses on the:

  • measurement of air quality and thermal conditions in elderly care centres,
  • assessment of effects of Indoor Air Quality and thermal conditions on cardiorespiratory health of elderly care centres' residents,
  • identification of a subgroup of older persons particularly susceptible to adverse effects of air pollutants, thus posing the basis for preventive interventions,
  • evaluation of the association of indoor air pollution in health-related quality of life of older persons.

 

Impact

The project contributes to the establishment of a better living condition of older people living in elderly care centres.