Mobile health applications to promote active and healthy ageing

Jorunn L. Helbostad*, Beatrix Vereijken, Clemens Becker, Christop Todd, Kristin Taraldsen, Mirjam Pijnappels, Kamiar Aminian, Sabato Mellone

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The European population is ageing, and there is a need for health solutions that keep older adults independent longer. With increasing access to mobile technology, such as smartphones and smartwatches, the development and use of mobile health applications is rapidly growing. To meet the societal challenge of changing demography, mobile health solutions are warranted that support older adults to stay healthy and active and that can prevent or delay functional decline. This paper reviews the literature on mobile technology, in particular wearable technology, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and wristbands, presenting new ideas on how this technology can be used to encourage an active lifestyle, and discusses the way forward in order further to advance development and practice in the field of mobile technology for active, healthy ageing.

Original languageEnglish
Article number622
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 18 Mar 2017


PreventIT has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 689238.

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Horizon 2020 Framework Programme689238


    • Activity monitoring
    • Healthy ageing
    • Mobile health applications
    • Mobile technology
    • Smartphones
    • Smartwatches
    • Wristbands


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