Many older adults have bright expectations for an active future and would like to continue managing their work, in an office as a paid activity. However, older adults working in highly computerized environments are often required to increase their capabilities, to acquire new knowledge and to adapt their cognitive navigation path to fast emerging new or upgraded software systems and methods. Combining this requirement with all the eventual ageing related cognitive and physiological degradation makes older adults feel mentally stressed and physically strain to cope with all the fast emerging technological advancements in computerized environments. Also the fast taking up of such technological changes by their younger colleagues make them feel less self-confident and insecure to prolong their stay at work. In order to remain motivated and active in work, older adults require special attention and support to mitigate physiological and cognitive changes and assistance to relieve their fear towards change.
CogniWin is an innovative system supporting and motivating older adults that work on computerized activities to remain active and productive by providing personalized learning assistance and well-being guidance. CogniWin enables older adults to maintain or even increase their efficiency and effectiveness at work. It provides support to alleviate eventual age related memory degradation and gradual decrease of other cognitive capabilities (i.e. speed of processing, concentration level) and at the same time CogniWin assists older adults to increase their learning abilities effectively enabling them to cope better with software changes in their organizations.
The project CogniWin is cofunded by the AAL Joint Programme (Ref. AAL-2013-6-114) and the following National Authorities and R&D programs in Spain (Ministerio de Industria, Energía y Turismo – Ref: AAL-010000-2014-14), Portugal, Netherlands, Switzerland and Austria: