Saturday 22 September 2018

Netwell seek older people with health problems for Irish trials

NetwellCASALA, the Research Centre for Ageing at DkIT, is running the Irish trials of a major EU project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people with multiple chronic health conditions.

The first phase of the 12 month trial has already commenced and the research team, based in Dundalk, are now looking to recruit additional people who are aged over 65 and who have been diagnosed with two or more of the following chronic conditions: diabetes, COPD, including emphysema or chronic bronchitis, heart failure or chronic heart disease (angina, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia) to participate in the trial.

Up to five people in the care network supporting the older person (e.g. family member, informal carer and healthcare professionals) can also participate in the trial.

The project is called ProACT and it has the potential to vastly improve the healthcare being delivered to older people who have multiple chronic conditions, by putting them at the centre of their own care.

The project aims to use smart technology to empower older people and their carers to take more control of their health and wellbeing by centring support on them in their home and by incorporating timely, proactive interventions to improve their conditions.

The researchers at NetwellCASALA are interested to see how specially designed technology can support people in an everyday setting, to learn more about their health and to help them to manage their health conditions and overall wellbeing from home.

You don't need to be familiar with computers as you will be supported throughout the trial by researchers.

If you, or someone you know, is over 65 and has two or more chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure or chronic heart disease) and has not been diagnosed with dementia, they want to hear from you. Please contact Suzanne Smith at NetwellCASALA for more information on 0429370497 extension 2501 or email or go to

They are giving a talk on the trial in Drogheda library on Thursday 14th June 2018 at 11am. Everybody is welcome.

Drogheda Independent