Project overview

AGE-INT - Swiss International Expertise for Innovative Solutions for an Ageing Society

AGE-INT is the largest national research project dealing with the challenges and opportunities of demographic change in a practice-oriented manner with a trans- and interdisciplinary project team in the three largest language regions of Switzerland.

EU-Project: HEROES - Home care work for retirees

The EU-project HEROES aims to improve the speed and cost-efficiency of nursing recruitment through an online platform in cooperation with international partners.

Testing a chest strap which measures heart rate variability (AGE-NT)

The institute for ageing research is conducting long-term tests of a chest strap with innovative humidification elements to measure heart rate variability.

Project evaluation "mitenand fürenand" (Health Promotion Switzerland)

In the project "mitenand fürenand", active senior citizens are supported in the implementation of activities in health promotion and prevention. The project management (Canton St.Gallen, Department of Health) commissioned the IAF with the external process and result evaluation.

Identity constructions for retirement: contents and processes of identity work during the transition to the post-employment phase

As a result of demographic change, a growing number of people in Switzerland are reaching retirement age. For those concerned, retirement is accompanied by many different and far-reaching changes and can therefore be seen as a particularly sensitive time. Against this background, the project, which is funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF), examines the content and processes involved in dealing with identity concepts before and after the transition to the post-employment phase.

Successful use of service robotics in the care and nursing of older adults through Human Centered Design

The successful use of service robots in the care and nursing of older adults requires the consideration of different dimensions (individual, technology, business, law). Considering these dimensions an interdisciplinary project team use an innovative and user-centred approach (Human Centered Design) to test and develop service robots for older adults.

"easierphone" - Participatory Further Development of an Age-Appropriate Smartphone App

Usage of smartphones by people aged 65+ is steadily increasing in Switzerland. Older adults can find it difficult to use smartphones and "senior citizens' phones" are not perceived as a satisfactory alternative because of their stigmatising designs and reduced functions.

AGE-NT Age(ing) in society: national innovation network

The AGE-NT network contributes to the development of effective, sustainable and socially acceptable solutions for ensuring a high quality of life for people in the third age (60+) and fourth age (80+). The joint strategy of the network combines and coordinates R&D activities in applied research on age(ing).

Smart Cuff Project

Enabling older adults or high-risk patients to stay at home before or soon after hospitalisation could significantly reduce public health costs and increase patient quality of life.

IBH Living Lab Active and Assisted Living

The aim of the project is to enable people with physical and psychological constraints to have a better quality of life thanks to AAL (Active & Assisted Living) solutions, while at the same time facilitating and supporting the work of carers. An international network of universities in the wider Lake Constance area has been created for this purpose

Instant messaging and social relationships: effects of using WhatsApp on the subjective quality and formation of social relationships of people aged 65+

Research objectives: In light of the significant increase in the use of the internet and mobile devices by older adults (65+), the project asks what effects the use of WhatsApp has on the quality and the formation of social relationships of users aged 65+.

Development and Testing of a Questionnaire on "Robots as Support for Older Adults”

"Robots as support for elderly people" is a topic of high interest. So far, however, there is only little knowledge about the actual positions, apprehensions, and hopes of the Swiss population regarding this topic. In this project, factors influencing attitudes towards robots will be identified and a questionnaire will be developed to collect these.

Testing the robot seal PARO with socially isolated residents of a nursing home

The robot seal PARO was developed in Japan for therapeutic use with people suffering from dementia. The Institute for Ageing Research is investigating whether by using PARO activation therapists can achieve positive effects with cognitively healthy but socially isolated residents of nursing homes.

Digital divide - What do older employees really need in the context of digital transformation?

As never before, the topic of generational differences is present when it comes to shaping the digital transformation. Specifically, there is repeated talk of a "digital divide" - a gap between younger and older employees with regard to the skills and use of information and communication technologies (ICT).

Covid-19 Ageism: Age discrimination in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. Subjective experiences of persons aged 65+ within German-speaking Switzerland

Against the background of the categorisation of persons aged 65+ as high risk group in the course of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Institute for Ageing Research (IAF) examined the general experience of the first months of the Covid-19 pandemic as well as the subjective experiences of age discrimination in this age group.

Affective factors of robot acceptance in people aged over 60

The project aims to assess which affective reactions people aged 60+ have towards robots in care and service situations.

BREF Project AALiving – Constructing a natural testing environment for AAL

The goal of AALiving Lab@home is to enable older adults to continue living independently in their usual surroundings for as long as possible. The development of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technologies is vital for this purpose.

Digitalisation and age – the use of digital services by people aged 65+

Whether in the form of ticket machines, self-service check-in machines at airports, or online banking and shopping: digital services are becoming more and more widespread. Face-to-face contact decreases as the number of self-service technologies (SSTs) increases.

Sensitising stationary and ambulatory care facilities and training centres to the needs of older LGBTI and people living with HIV/AIDS in Switzerland – Study commissioned by PINK CROSS

The aim of the study is to sensitise care institutions for the older (stationary and ambulatory facilities, as well as educational centres) in Switzerland to the needs of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex (LGBTI), as well as to the needs of people living with HIV/AIDS.