To boost the production of product-service systems in the health domain, SELEMCA recently started collaboration with TU Delft to design robots that support independent living of the elderly (those with light dementia).

At Games for Health Europe, Alessia Cadamuro and Valentijn Visch presented "What remains"  - a prototype that facilitates the intake of Alzheimer’s disease suffering patients in care homes

The region Midden-Brabant will serve the coming two years as a national test bed for dementia care. New products and services to improve care for people suffering from dementia will be tested in the area of Tilburg and its surroundings.

Dr. Franka Meiland, senior coordinator Knowledge Transfer at the Amsterdam Center on Aging did a presentation on supportive technology for demented elderly. She did this for 11 master students of Industrial Design from TU Delft, who are working on a SELEMCA assignment.

The undermentioned text is the first newsletter from Design for Dementia. The newsletter is mostly about CRISP's Active Cues, the Alzheimer's Conference in South-Africa and the first publication of research. Please note, all text is in Dutch.

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On the 15th of October, the first edition of Design for Dementia will take place. At the Design for Dementia events, everyone who is interested in physical activity and sport innovations for people with dementia gathers. The events are organised by the Active Cues team which also allows to update everyone on current progress.

If the first Design for Dementia event from the 15th of October had to be described in some key-words, they would be: active, innovative and socially interactive. About thirty participants made the Active Cues kick-off a big success. Actice Cues is part of the G-MOTIV project and entails the stimulation of physical exercise for elderly with dementia.

This month’s edition of Eyeopeners Live by The Financieel Dagblad and BNR Radio will be about the future of aging. The Dutch Institute for Healthcare and Environment (RIVM) predicts four out of ten people will deal with a chronic disease and dementia will be the major cause of death in the year 2030. These changes in human health require innovative changes in healthcare.

On the 23rd of January, the documentary about SELEMCA's healthcare robot Alice will be premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam (director Sander Burger, producer KeyDocs). 'Ik ben Alice' (Alice cares) is about the development and results of the health care robot Alice.

Care droid Alice is now on display at the Rotterdam museum Boijmans van Beuningen. It seems inevitable that technology is going to play an increasingly greater role in care. How about the Dutch digital care file, self-help apps for people with psychological problems and care robots for the elderly?