TAGS – Project Overview - Textiles for ageing Society

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TAGS – Project Overview - Textiles for ageing Society
TAGS - Project Overview
Ann Blaylock, Thomas Bechtold, Katy Stevens, Barbora Široká
and Tom Wright
The Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development
“Textiles for Ageing Society”
FUNDING SOURCE:
“THE RESEARCH LEADING TO THESE RESULTS HAS RECEIVED FUNDING FROM THE EUROPEAN
UNION’S SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME (FP7/2007-2013) UNDER GRANT AGREEMENT NO.
290494.”
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INSTITUTE FOR TEXTILE CHEMISTRY AND TEXTILE PHYSICS
Founded in 1982
Staff 7 government employees
12 scientists from projects
1 dissertations
Third party budget
2012 ca. 500 k€
Institute ca. 600 m²
further infrastructure:
testing lab and HTL
intensive industry
co-operation
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INSTITUTE FOR TEXTILE CHEMISTRY AND TEXTILE PHYSICS
Dornbirn
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PROJECT INFORMATION
Textiles for Ageing Society (TAGS), is a research programme coordinated by the
University of Innsbruck, carried out by a consortium of European institutes, and
funded by the European Commission, as part of the Seventh Framework Programme
(FP7).
Began in January 2012
Duration: 4 years
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TAGS CONSORTIUM
Acronym
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Participant legal name
Country
Organis. type
1-UIBK
University of Innsbruck
AUT
University
2-TITK
Thuringian Institute of Textiles and
Plastics Research
GER
Research
organization
3-NIRI
Nonwovens Innovation and Research
Institute, Ltd
GBR
SME
4-WarmX
WarmX
GER
SME
5-TEXVER
Textilverein – Registered
association of textile SMEs
AUT
Non-profit
Organiz.
6-FLORIDA
Tessitura Florida S.R.L.
ITA
SME
7-CONN
Connexia – Gesellschaft für Gesundheit
und Pflege gem. GmbH
AUT
End-User
8-KHBG
Vorarlberger KrankenhausBetriebsgesellschaft m.b.H
AUT
End-User
9-ANS
Anziani E Non Solo società cooperativa
ITA
End-User
10-DCS
Democenter-Sipe
ITA
Inn./Tech.Tra
nsfer Org.
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BACKGROUND
AGEING SOCIETY – DRIVING FORCE
 For the EU-25, 22% of the population will be aged over 65 by 2025, rising by almost 30% in 2050. This represents
an increase of circa 60 million people between 2004 and 2050, to a total of 134.5 million.
 Over the last century the average life expectancy in Europe has increased: for males from 45.7 to 75.0 years; and
for females from 49.6 to 79.9 years.
 Furthermore, the proportion of very old people (aged 80 and above) in the EU-25 has grown rapidly from 4% of
the total population in 2004 and is due to reach 6% by 2025, and 10% by 2050.
 Eurostat's old-age dependency ratio showed that the ratio for the EU-27 was 25.9 % in 2010 which means there
was 1 out of 4 people of working age, aged 65 and over.
Source: i2010: Independent Living for the Ageing Society (2007) http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/policy_link/brochures/documents/independent_living.pdf
Eurostat (data from October 2011) http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Population_structure_and_ageing#
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AIMS/IMPACT OF TAGS
Manufacturers
& Industry
Elderly
Technology
Transfer
Institutions
Social and
Medical Care
Institutions
Research
Institutions
To identify:
● The specific textile requirements of the elderly and care institutions.
● The latest developments in materials science and technology.
● Strategies to incorporate developments in future manufacturing chains.
Expected Impact:
 Initiation of research and innovation activities to develop new materials and products for the elderly.
 Improving the quality of elderly lives and also improving the work quality of people involved in care-giving.
 To assist or initiate European enterprises to compete in the global marketplace.
 Increase competence in a given field.
 Support the establishment of new contacts and co-operations.
 Establish new co-operations and strengthen existing innovation networks.
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MAIN FIELDS OF INTEREST
Bedding
Hygiene
Therapeutic
Clothing
Progress
Bedding:
Complete
January 2012
– June 2013
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Clothing:
Complete
June 2013 –
June 2014
Hygiene:
Ongoing
June 2014 –
June 2015
Therapeutic:
Begins
January 2015 –
December 2015
BEDDING TEXTILES - RESULTS
Questionnaires were completed in care homes in Austria, Germany, Italy, UK and
Slovakia.
What was shown as the current state of bedding materials:
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Hospital like appearance of bedding in care institutions
Little expectations in functionalities of bedding and lack of knowledge of alternative
materials
As would be expected cotton is the most commonly used fibre in bedding textiles
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BEDDING TEXTILES - RESULTS
Where could the research be focussed based on user opinions?
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Comfort in bedding was the most important property
• This can be achieved through moisture control, friction, handle (softness and
drape) and warmth – which can be achieved in part by fibre selection
More intelligent bedding systems e.g. with sensors, aid movement, decrease
pressure
Bedding viewed as a low technology product (production in low-labour countries) –
cost is therefore a difficult hurdle
Washing and other practicalities must be considered
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BEDDING TEXTILES - RESULTS
Outcomes:
Further Projects
• Bedding Preferences, Pflegeheim Dornbirn, Austria
• The preliminary aim of the research was to elicit opinions
from care home residents on the proposed bedding design,
fabric selection, and bedding and environmental colour
schemes, to be implemented in the new care home.
• Netzwerk waschbare Sensortextilien (NewS) Projekt,
UIBK, Austria
• The NewS project focuses on research into new technologies
to produce composite textiles which function as washable
sensors. New embroidery techniques will also be used to
integrate sensor functions in bedding textiles. In a care home
for the elderly, washable sensor-textiles will be tested for
usability and lifetime expectancy.
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CLOTHING TEXTILES - RESULTS
Questionnaires were completed in care homes in Austria, Germany, Italy, UK and
Slovakia.
It was found that there was very little in the way of day to day useful
technologies in clothing and that there were many ideas and preferences
when it came to improvements on the current state of the clothes used.
A look at the current research activities in the area of clothing specifically for people in the later
stager of life.
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CLOTHING TEXTILES - RESULTS
Should there be more innovation in “Clothing for the elderly”?
• A philosophical question or a question of practicality
• TAGS aims to provide guidance for the emergence of new projects relating
to textiles that will help to alleviate specific problems usually encountered
during ageing.
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CLOTHING
Outcomes
• VESTA, Anziani e Non Solo società cooperativa, Carpi, Italy
• Develop clothing for people with disabilities.
• CITEVE Portugal and Dave Taylor (The University of South
Wales, USW)
• To investigate the potential for a collaborative research
project in the area of smart clothes and wearable
technology. The team identified an opportunity in one of
the Horizon 20/20 streams which may be appropriate for
a cross European collaboration with USW and CITEVE as
the lead partners providing an Academic / Commercial
collaboration. Discussions are currently underway to
scope out this opportunity and way forward to making a
bid.
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HYGIENE & PERSONAL CARE TEXTILES
• A new questionnaire style was used in which a few closed questions
were asked simply to direct the respondent (caregiver) to the type of
materials the topic covered, following this an interview style was taken
on to learn more about typical problems faced during hygiene practices
• This work is still ongoing however some interesting outcomes have
already been seen
• Following this a study on therapeutic textiles will commence
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TAGS ACTIVITIES
Next Consortium meeting
• 15th October in Modina, Italy
• Partnered with “Ageing Wealth” conference
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Thank you for your attention
[email protected]
[email protected]
“The research leading to these results has received funding from the European
Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant
agreement No. 290494.”
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Homepage: http://www.textilesforageingsociety.eu/
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Twitter: https://twitter.com/#TAGS_FP7
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