Akademie für Altersforschung am Haus der Barmherzigkeit (AAF)
The Akademie für Altersforschung (AAF; Academy for Research on Ageing) consists of an interdisciplinary team of psychologists, physicians specialised in geriatric medicine, pedagogues, nursing scientists, and human-computer-interaction (HCI) specialists. We conduct research in the areas of ICT based solutions for healthy older people as well as geriatric patients. Our holistic approach includes the social and professional environment of the user, i.e. relatives, doctors and nursing staff. We have access to about 1.500 patients living in long-term care facilities as well as about 1.400 care professionals of the "Haus der Barmherzigkeit".
AAF expertise includes:
- Participatory design of ICT for elderly.
- Requirements analysis of ICT-based solutions (e.g. AAL, robotics, cognitive and physical training) for the elderly living at home or being institutionalised (e.g. in care facilities).
- Motivational and engagement concepts to increase acceptance of ICT for the elderly.
- Cognitive and physical ICT-based trainings for elderly utilizing gamification approaches.
- Evaluation studies of ICT-based solutions with end-users: pilot studies, field trials, randomised controlled trials, with the aim to assess (i) utility, usability, user experience; (ii) acceptance; (iii) impact on cognitive and physical health status (neuropsychological and geriatric assessment); (iv) functional abilities of daily living; and (v) Quality of Life.
Jürgen Pripfl, PhD, studied psychology at the University of Vienna and worked as Key Researcher at theUniversity of Applied Sciences FH Joanneum, as Senior Researcher at the Austrian Road Safety Board (Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit), and as Assistant Professor (“Universitätsassistent”) at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Vienna. Since July 2014 Dr. Pripfl is Head of Research and Teaching at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit and of the Academy for Research on Ageing (Akademie für Altersforschung), an independent non-profit research association. Dr. Pripfl has extensive experience as project manager and principle investigator of national and international research projects. Dr. Pripfl is expert in cognitive neuroscience and human-computer-interaction. His current research focuses on the development of new methods which are effective in delaying, reducing or preventing cognitive decline.