Robots, chips and apps will improve the quality of life of the elderly

Experts from different fields have submitted projects such as robots, health-care, mobile applications, new diagnostic tools and solutions in regenerative medicine is carried out to improve the systems and the well-being of the people.

The elderly suffer more illnesses than the rest and are very often chronic diseases, “in the coming years will increase by more than four percentage points of GDP the costs of the well-being of older people”, he explained, the corporate director of Research and Strategy of the Foundation Bank La Caixa, Àngel Font.

in the Face of these figures, the director sees necessary to back up the research with the union of the basic sciences and the life sciences together with engineering, but also to promote the efforts of ethical and social so that improvements can be applied in the day-to-day of the sick.

20150 is expected to double the elderly

According to the World Health Organization (WHO) between the years 2000 and 2050 is expected to double the current number of people over 60 years of age, implying that one out of every five will overcome this age-within 30 years.

aging is one of the most important challenges of the society and the paradigm of the third age is changing, implying the need for a more customized diagnosis, has explained the director of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), Josep Samitier.

Prototypes of kidney in 3D

The option of organ transplants is increasingly less feasible, as currently there are fewer donors of quality; faced with this reality the bioengineering opt for the regenerative medicine to repair tissues and organs damaged due to aging.

Researchers at the IBEC working with a bioimpresora 3D to build up and kidney and cardiac grafts that can regenerate the dead parts of the hearts that have suffered heart attacks.

Apps for sleep apnea

Samitier has explained that the research is advancing so that the elderly do not have to move to the hospital so often, betting on the monitoring of the health based mobile applications.

The IBEC and Hospital Clínic have created the app Health4Sleep for people who suffer from sleep apnoea, sleep may follow the characteristics of their breathing, movements and snoring, incorporating a mobile device into your abdomen.

Robots that help the recovery of stroke

The researcher Belén Rubio has introduced the ” game Rehabilitation Gaming System, a system that improves the recovery of patients who have suffered a stroke and who is betting on virtual reality to make a follow-up of the motrocidad of the limbs of the people.

On the day also presented a chip to detect different diseases that lets you know whether the origin of a stroke is a hemorrhage or a thrombosis.