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Design of a Digitized Integrated Care Intervention Promoting Active and Healthy Aging (AHA) in Crete

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Chrysoula Zouraraki ,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Fotini Kounti-Zafeiropolou,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Kallia Maniorou,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Orestis Geniatakis,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Natassa Bizaki,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Paul Potouridis,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Maria-Grazia Sirimarco,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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George Tsantakis,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Stelios Flouris,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Chariklia Tziraki,

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Symeon G Panagiotakis

Association Of Alzheimer’s Disease And Healthy Aging “allilengii”, Greece, GR
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Abstract

Introduction: A common viewpoint about older people is that they gradually enter into withdrawal and isolation and that they suffer from reduced physical and intellectual abilities. Because of the Coronavirus disease-2019 pandemic older people lived isolated and depressed for a long time. There are humanitarian, social and economic reasons why we should focus on the improvement of their well being.

Aim: The aim of the intervention is to improve the cognitive, psychological and physical health of the healthy older individuals through participation in psycho-education, physical exercise, and cognitive training, via digital technologies.

Methods: The intervention will be applied to 100 healthy adults, men and women, age range 64-90 years. Individuals from the general population of Crete will be recruited via advertisements in local and social media. Those with low income and/or caregivers of patients with dementia will have a priority to participate in the intervention. The design was based on the suggestion that a strong cognition and good physical condition affect positively the psychological health and the global well-being. The sessions of the intervention will be delivered via Skype and include (a) cognitive training (exercises of attention and memory, chess training, learning of Italian language, active music therapy, and basic computer skills training), (b) psycho-education, and (c) physical exercise The cognitive training and psycho-education (based on the principles of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) will be implemented by neuropsychologists and counseling psychologists. A fitness specialist will implement physical exercises, adjusted to the age of the participants. Participants will be allocated into groups of five individuals. Each session will last 90 minutes and will be performed on a weekly basis. The participants will attend the intervention 4 months. All of them will be evaluated pre and post-intervention, with neuropsychological tests, adjusted to the Greek population, including Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test, Rivermead Behavioural Memory Test-Story Subtest, and Rey–Osterrieth complex figure test.

Expected results: The neuropsychological data collected during the program will be submitted to statistical analysis in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the intervention on cognitive performance. Self-reports of the participants regarding their well-being and their physical status at the end of the intervention will be used for qualitative analysis.  We expect improved neuropsychological performance of the participants and anticipate positive impact on their well-being at the end of the intervention. The program will be completed in April 2022.

 

Funded by TIMA CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

How to Cite: Zouraraki C, Kounti-Zafeiropolou F, Maniorou K, Geniatakis O, Bizaki N, Potouridis P, et al.. Design of a Digitized Integrated Care Intervention Promoting Active and Healthy Aging (AHA) in Crete. International Journal of Integrated Care. 2022;22(S3):62. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/ijic.ICIC22284
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Published on 04 Nov 2022.

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