Project - Tailored, situation focused digital service to support subjective wellbeing of the elderly couples in sparsely populated areas


Description (EN): Old couples living in sparsely populated areas (SPAs) often are heavy users of social and health care services and they have complex, special needs in everyday life that influence their participation, physical and social activity and subjective wellbeing (SWB). In WELD project these will be tackled with novel, preventive approach. A digital service platform to empower and activate old couples physically and socially and to support their ability to participate in meaningful activities will be developed and tested. The co-creative design process will engage end-users and other stakeholders, utilizing Participation Action Research method. Public health service providers are involved and organisational learning will involve a very practical and pragmatic aspect. As a result,older couples’ need for reactive care decreases, and their accessibility to preventive services, such as respite care and group activities, improves. This will result in lower cost of public service provision in SPAs.
Expected Results (EN): Preparedness of responsible authorities in remote, sparsely populated areas for environmental management in relation to climate change and impacts of new investments in exploitation of natural resources

Thematic Information

Thematics: Health and social services  Rural and peripheral development  Social inclusion and equal opportunities  
Specific Objective: Increased innovation within public service provision in remote, sparsely populated areas
Thematic Objective: (1) strengthening research, technological development and innovation by:
Investment Priority: (1b) promoting business investment in R&I, developing links and synergies between enterprises, research and development centres and the higher education sector, in particular promoting investment in product and service development, technology transfer, social innovation, eco-innovation, public service applications, demand stimulation, networking, clusters and open innovation through smart specialisation, and supporting technological and applied research, pilot lines, early product validation actions, advanced manufacturing capabilities and first production, in particular in key enabling technologies and diffusion of general purpose technologies

Project Summary

Project name (EN): Tailored, situation focused digital service to support subjective wellbeing of the elderly couples in sparsely populated areas
Project acronym: WELD

Period: 2014-2020
Date of latest update: 2018-12-27


Project start date: 2016-09-05
Project end date: 2017-01-31
Project status: Closed

Total budget/expenditure: EUR 45.000,00
European Union funding: EUR 29.250,00

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Partners Data

Lead Partner (EN): University of Oulu
Lead Partner: University of Oulu
Department: Center for Life Course Health Research
Address: Faculty of Medicine,, Oulu, Finland
Legal status: public

Department: Department of Health Sciences/Division of Health and Rehabilitation
Address: Luleå, Sweden
Legal status: public

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