The IronHand project targets frail older adults suffering from age-related loss of weakness to continue use of their arms and hands in occupation and leisure activities. As people get older, one of the functions that often declines is grip strength. The resulting reduced hand function can have a dramatic impact on the quality of life of older adults. The main aim of the IronHand project is to support reduced hand function through a smart glove during performance of functional tasks, not only in, but also outside of the home. In this way, elderly people are empowered to continue managing their occupation and community activities.

In more detail, the following objectives will be addressed:

  • Objective 1: Assistive Impact. Support of activity of daily life, enabling older adults to continue managing their occupation at work in an office, a factory or any working environment; in a first or subsequent career, in paid or voluntary occupation including local social activities.
  • Objective 2: Preventive Impact. Maintaining or improving grip strength for preserving health and motivation to remain active, allowing the users to maintain or improve muscle strength and functional use of their hands when ageing, or especially when suffering from acute or chronic age-related diseases (such as stroke, arthritis, etc.) and increase their participation in life.
  • Objective 3: Overall Quality of Life Impact. Marked improvement in older adult quality of life, as evaluated by 360 degree surveys (user, family and doctors).