On Monday, 24th of September 2018, Associate Professor at the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy of McGill University of Canada, Joyce Fung and her close partner, Professor at the School of Physical Education & Sports Science of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) Vassilia Hatzitaki and member of her team visited the facilities of the AUTH Medical Physics Laboratory and met with Associate Professor of Medical Education Informatics Panagiotis Bamidis and researchers of the Assistive Technologies and Silver Science Group (ASOSS).
Prof. Bamidis welcomed his guests at the e-home of the Thessaloniki Active and Healthy Ageing Living Lab (Thess-AHALL) and made a brief presentation of Lab’s current projects, emphasizing on those in the field of the Active and Healthy Ageing (AHA) -CAPTAIN, AD-Autonomy, SISCODE. Prof. Bamidis and the ASOSS researchers also demonstrated to Prof. Fung and Hatzitakis the integrated physical & cognitive training programme, developed in the framework of the Long Lasting Memories project and used with variations to service the needs of different projects and enhance the competencies not only of healthy seniors, but also of other vulnerable groups, i.e. people with Down Syndrome (PwD), people facing dementia (MCIs) or Alzheimer’s disease (PwA).
Both sides discussed on the benefits of serious games, concerning the increase of the autonomy of people with mobility difficulties, noting that that these are not only a problem of the elderly. Moreover, Prof. Fung and Prof. Hatzitaki discussed on a possible cooperation with the Medical Physics Lab, focusing on the mutual know-how transfer and the exchange of valuable research data. Also, Prof. Fung and Hatzitaki commented on their cooperation in the School on Movement Science in Aging and Prof. Bamidis warmly invited them to join the next Open Living Lab Days 2019 by ENoLL, which will be hosted by Thess-AHALL in Thessaloniki, in the beginning of September.