WHAT IS LEAVES?
Online service that supports older adults who have lost their spouse in dealing with (prolonged) grief .
Loss of a spouse is a frequent occurrence in later life. While most older adults successfully process this loss and will return to a normal life, a significant proportion (25,4%) is unable to do this. They end up with prolonged grief (PG), a condition where grief symptoms occur longer than 6 months after the loss, and which can result in many mental and physical problems, like poor sleep, cardiovascular problems, depression, loneliness and suicidal tendencies.
In order to prevent PG or to treat it, so that older mourners can lead an active, meaningful and dignified life, we will develop an online grief program: Leaves. Leaves will cater to secondary end-users (family, informal caregivers) by reducing stress. Older adults, informal caregivers and relevant care professionals (total n = 110) will, together with the project team, develop the Leaves service model, and, through iterative design and development, will optimize its usability and user experience.
AAL research project
Leaves project is funded by the Active and Assisted Living Programme (AAL). It is a three country project, also financed by the following country agencies:
LEAVES PROJECT TAKES OFF!
LEAVES PUBLIC WEBSITE NOW ONLINE