Empowering community dwelling older citizens to improve their balance with a novel technology platform
- 1. Unit of Medical Technology and Intelligent Information Systems, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Ioannina, GR45110, Ioannina, Greece
- 2. UCL Ear Institute & University College London Hospitals Biomedical Research Centre Hearing & Deafness, WC1X 8EE, London, United Kingdom
- 3. Department of Informatics, Ionian University, GR49100, Corfu, Greece
The prevalence of balance deficits increases as the population is ageing. Such deficits are associated with the increased incidence of falls which in turn is linked with substantial limited functionality and morbidity. Vestibular rehabilitation therapy (VRT) as a component of the treatment has been shown to be effective in reducing symptoms and improving balance. HOLOBALANCE is an intervention based on a novel technology platform for providing VRT unsupervised, at home which means that motivating citizens to be compliant and promoting empowerment are the cornerstones for its wide adoption. Here we present how citizens empowerment is being addressed in HOLOBALANCE.