THE University of Alicante has created an app called ‘Actuasalud’to evaluate the health and general vulnerability of people over the age of 65.
The Scientific Unit for Business Innovation (UCIE) is responsible for designing and releasing this application so that nursing staff can assess the vulnerability of elderly people. It is estimated that 10 per cent of the population over 65 years is vulnerable in some way and that this figure increases by 25 per cent over the age of 85.
The app can be downloaded onto mobile phones and tablets and has been released to “mitigate the loss of independence of older people and give life to their later years through information technologies”, according to the Generalitat.
Spain, with a life expectancy of 83.1 years, is one of the highest in the world but in spite of this, the over-65s inevitably lose the ability carry out basic tasks on their own.