Improving Aging and Quality of Life

This research relies on the evidence that an independent lifestyle into the later years is associated to a person’s functional fitness, in which balance and cognition have significant importance. Our studies have addressed these issues providing additional information about the aging process in older adults and supporting the development of i) feasible and safe programs focused in improving functional fitness/balance and cognition in independent-living older adults, incorporating also ICT; ii) solutions for the prototyping and development of assisted living systems. 
The main contributions of this research is:
  • Knowledge on functional fitness, specifically balance, and cognition throughout the aging process [Cross sectional and ongoing longitudinal research];
  • Knowledge on functional fitness, balance and cognition-focused clinical interventions for older adults [RCTs];
  • ICT development and testing
    • to gather information from sensor technology, to monitor and give feedback to assist the user to keep safety and to assist the healthcare provider in the exercise prescription [Clinical studies];
    • development of solutions for the rapid prototyping and analysis of ubiquitous computing environments that facilitates the evaluation of design alternatives crucial for the successful development of ambient assisted living systems;


  • AHA: Augmented Human Assistance (CMUP-ERI/HCI/0046/2013)


References to the Research

  • Gouveia E.R., Gouveia BR., Ihle A., Kliegel M., Maia JA., Badia SB., Freitas DL. (2017). Correlates of health-related quality of life in young-old and old-old community-dwelling older adults. Quality of Life Research. DOI: 10.1007/s11136-017-1502-z.
  • Gouveia, B.R., Jardim, H.G., Martins, M.M., Gouveia, E.R., Freitas, D.L., Maia, J.A., Rose, D.J. (2016). An evaluation of a nurse-led rehabilitation programme (the ProBalance Programme) to improve balance and reduce fall risk of community-dwelling older people: a randomised controlled trial. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 56, 1-8. Doi:
  • J.L. Silva, J.C. Campos and M.D. Harrison (2014). Prototyping and Analysing Ubiquitous Computing Environments using Multiple Layers. In International Journal of Human – Computer Studies 72, pp. 488-506. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2014.02.001


Sources to Corroborate the Impact