During a two-day educational event, Materia Group, an end-user organization to the Many-Me project, presented the Many-Me system to students from the Medical School of the University of Nicosia (UNIC).
Both info-days were focused on informing the general public about rehabilitation practices and Materia Group’s involvement in EU funded research projects’ aiming to improve the quality of life of older adults and encourage active ageing through technology.
The event took place on the 15th and 16th of January at the premises of Materia Group with 40 medical students of the UNIC and their teacher.
Materia Group’ s research team presented the Many-Me project, a social interactive care system which aims to support the wellbeing of people living with dementia. The presentation of the Many-Me project aimed to provide insights to the current social and healthcare problems of older adults with dementia and increase the public’s awareness on this solution developed to address these issues.
During the presentation, a scenario was described to the students, in order for them to understand the challenges that people with dementia and their caregivers experience in their everyday routines. Then, a member of the project team presented the Many-Me Angel app, a web-based application which offers caregivers the opportunity to locate a lost older adult and receive alarms in case an abnormal behavior (e.g., wandering) is detected. The application’ s interface shows the senior’s location with great precision provided that they hold their smart device on them.
Participants were also informed about the project’s potential to help the caregivers of people with dementia manage the symptoms of the syndrome by offering a virtual space for them to interact with other caregivers and healthcare professionals and even receive tips and advice. In the same context, students were informed about the organizing feature of the Many-Me system which aims to facilitate the collaboration among professionals and informal caregivers and consequently, optimize care processes, monitoring of the patients’ status and personalizing of their care plan.
Overall, medical students expressed their interest about the Many-Me project, both at a professional and a personal level. Their feedback was positive and they asked questions for more information about the applications. Finally, they requested to be provided with further information about the project and contact details, in order to be informed about news and future developments.