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Digital Health Technology for Better Aging

A multidisciplinary approach

  • Knowledge and technology for the benefit of a healthy aging

  • One of the most successful cases of co-design

  • An integrated smart approach to virtual coaching for better aging

Part of the book series: Research for Development (REDE)

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xi
  2. Designing mHealth Solutions for Better Ageing: Clinical and Methodological Perspective

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 11-11
    2. The Multi-domain Coaching Approach to Counteract Ageing Decline

      • A. Mastropietro, C. Röecke, S. Porcelli, J. M. Del Bas, Sabrina Guye, Lucia Tarro et al.
      Pages 13-27
  3. Technology Applied to Solutions for Healthy Ageing

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 53-53
    2. Monitoring in the Physical Domain to Support Active Ageing

      • E. Denna, M. Civiello, S. Porcelli, A. Crivello, F. Mavilia, Filippo Palumbo
      Pages 55-76
    3. Nutritional Monitoring in Older People Prevention Services

      • Bhalaji Nagarajan, Rupali Khatun, Marc Bolaños, Eduardo Aguilar, Leonardo Angelini, Mira El Kamali et al.
      Pages 77-102
    4. Social Behaviour and Cognitive Monitoring in Healthy Ageing

      • Christina Röcke, Sabrina Guye, Michele Girolami, I. Kniestedt
      Pages 103-114
    5. Perspective and Experiences of Decision Support Systems (DSS) and AI in Prevention and Care for Older Adults

      • Silvia Orte, Paula Subías-Beltrán, Eloisa Vargiu, Felip Miralles
      Pages 115-128
    6. System Interoperability for Next Gen Services at Home. A Challenge/Opportunity for Integration

      • Ciprian Candea, Filippo Palumbo, Michele Girolami, Daniele Segato, Gabriela Simona Candea
      Pages 129-144
  4. Lifestyle Improvement and Virtual Coaching and ICT Services in the Human Domains Through Friendly Technology

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 145-145
    2. Physical Activity Promotion and Coaching to Support Healthy Ageing

      • G. Manferdelli, A. Mastropietro, E. Denna, I. Kniestedt, M. Mauri, M. Civiello et al.
      Pages 147-160
    3. Coaching Older Adults Towards a Healthier Lifestyle: Psychological and Technological Methods

      • Christina Röcke, Leonardo Angelini, Sabrina Guye, Mira El Kamali, Maurizio Caon, Omar Abou Khaled et al.
      Pages 161-177
    4. Understanding Older Adults’ Affect States in Daily Life for Promoting Self-reflection About Mental Wellbeing

      • M. Sykora, S. Elayan, L. Angelini, Christina Röcke, M. El Kamali, Elena Mugellini et al.
      Pages 179-193
    5. Building Trust and Companionship in e-Coaching Through Embodiment

      • Mira El Kamali, Leonardo Angelini, Maurizio Caon, Giuseppe Andreoni, Nick Dulake, Paul Chamberlain et al.
      Pages 195-204
    6. Challenges, Limitations and Methodologies to Be Applied in the Development of an ICT-Based Intervention for Older People

      • L. Fernandez-Maldonado, N. Ferrero, T. Bakker, T. Mosheuvel, C. Ziylan, A. Hogendoorn et al.
      Pages 205-225
  5. Innovation Impact Measured in Subjective (Usability and Experience), Social (Community Level) and Business (Companies and Institutions) Opportunities

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 227-227
    2. Practicing the Test of New System-Services for Elderly Care: How to Introduce and Measure User Experience and Related Outcomes

      • Carlo Emilio Standoli, Maria Terraroli, Martina Scagnoli, Francesco Spelta, Roberto Sironi, Paolo Perego et al.
      Pages 229-243
    3. SROI Methods for Impact Assessment in Economy of Wellbeing

      • E. Lettieri, C. Biasin, A. Selva, L. Isella, R. Onofrio, P. Bertelè
      Pages 245-266

About this book

This book describes the multidisciplinary approach needed to tackle better aging. Aging populations are one of the 21st century’s biggest challenges. National health systems are forced to adapt in order to provide adequate and affordable care. Innovation, driven by digital technology, is a key to improving quality of life and encouraging healthy living. Well-designed technology keeps people empowered, independent, and mobile; however, despite widespread adoption of ICT in day-to-day life, digital health technologies have yet to catch on. To this end, technology needs to be effective, usable, cheap, and designed to ensure the security of the managed data. In the era of mHealth, mobile technology, and social design, this book describes, in six sections, the collaboration of polytechnic know-how and social science and health sectors in the creation of a system for encouraging people to engage in healthy behavior and achieve a better quality of life.


  • Aging Population
  • Interoperable Technology
  • Human Ontologies
  • Virtual Coaching Systems
  • Lifestyle Monitoring
  • Strategies for Healthy Aging
  • m-Health Services for Prevention
  • Wearable & Environmental Technologies
  • Interaction Co-Design & Tangible Interfaces
  • Social ROI Impact Assessment
  • Translation of Aging Research into Effective Policies

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Design, Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Giuseppe Andreoni

  • Polytechnic University of Milan, Milan, Italy

    Cinzia Mambretti

About the editors

Dr. Giuseppe Andreoni (M) earned the laurea degree in electronic engineering in 1993 and a Ph.D. in bio-engeneering in 1998. He is currently a full professor at the design Dept. of Politecnico di Milano. He also serves that department as the scientific coordinator of the TeDH—Technology and Design for Healthcare and Wellbeing Laboratory, which includes the Sensibilab (Biomedical Sensors and Systems Lab.) and of the LyPhE (Laboratory of Physical Ergonomics). He has a wealth of experience in the design and development of innovative products, systems, and services in the healthcare and ergonomics sectors, with specific know-how about integrating technologies and participatory design methodologies. His main research interests are: ergonomics, wearable sensors, design, rehabilitation and assistive technology. He is coauthor of 10 national/international patents and more than 250 publications (books, chapters, papers, and proceedings in international conferences). Giuseppe was the scientific coordinator of “PEGASO – Fit for Future”, a European project within the frame of the 7th Framework program, and he is currently the scientific coordinator of the “NESTORE” project within the frame of the H2020 Framework program.

Ing. Cinzia Mabretti (F) has more than 20 years of experience in R&D project management. Having graduated with a degree in computer science engineering from Politecnico di Milano, she gained experience during her school years by participating in several artificial intelligence and robotics project, including Robocup 1998, Paris, for which she served as a member of the ART team, the Italian national team that developed a moderately-sized homemade robot football player. From 2003 to 2011, she was the senior project manager at Socrates Medical, leading the R&D team, and also participating in the projects FP-6 WEIRD (WiMax Extension to Isolated Research Data Networks) and FP-7 ISISEMD (Intelligent System for independent living and SElfcare of seniors with cognitive problems or Mild Dementia ). Since 2013, she has been a project manager at Fondazione Politecnico di Milano, where she manages several e-Health/IT funded projects. She is currently project manager of H2020 – PM15 project 769643 NESTORE (Novel Empowering Solutions and Technologies for Older people to Retain Everyday life activities). She is an independent expert involved in evaluation of the H2020, Eureka, and Lombardy Region projects.

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Buying options

eBook USD 109.00
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  • ISBN: 978-3-030-72663-8
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  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
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  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book USD 139.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)