We hope you all are well.
Just like with everyone else, our project team has been heavily impacted by COVID-19 after March.
The last organized session between Vilans, Careyn and the elderly at Careyn t’Veerhuis was on 3rd of February 2020. In addition a meeting with care professionals also took place on the same date.
On the positive side of things, a number of people, whether in their private capacity, or working in care related organizations, have realized the importance of digital tools. A tablet for seniors plays a substantial role in connecting senior citizens with family and loved ones during mandatory self-isolation.
On the negative side, many care organisations are forced to make the interaction protocols much stricter than before. This makes it harder to negotiate with care organisations about providing access of Resilien-T to their clients for the upcoming trial and beyond. GoldenAge has continued to try and recruit test partners and was able to achieve success.
Compaan had supported Vilans in defining the scope and is currently busy with actual prototype development. The first version will be available for testing in September 2020. They are also constantly in contact with their customers in local government organizations about the Resilien-T programme.
UNIVPM has been working on study design of the measurement protocol for tests of Resilien-T in connection with a smartwatch. The fitting smartwatch for the pilot testing has been identified.
Careyn and Vilans have written an article about Resilien-T for Geron, a Dutch digital magazine about getting older society. The article will be published on 10th of September.
You can access all published editions here: https://gerontijdschrift.nl/kiosk/
Alltogether, COVID-19 may have slowed down our progress, but we are all still wroking hard to develop the first prototype of Resilien-T and to prepare for the field trials.
The Resilien-T Project Consortium