ProACT Trial: Over 65’s needed to test revolutionary new health self-management system being trialled by Dundalk Institute of Technology and Trinity College

28 May 2018

NetwellCASALA, the Research Centre for Ageing at DkIT, is running the Irish trials of a major EU project to improve the health and wellbeing of older people with multiple chronic health conditions.


The first phase of the 12 month trial has already commenced and the research team, based in Dundalk, are now looking to recruit additional people who are aged over 65 and who have been diagnosed with two or more of the following chronic conditions: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema or chronic bronchitis, heart failure or chronic heart disease (angina, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, arrhythmia) to participate in the trial. Up to five people in the care network supporting the older person (e.g. family member, informal carer and healthcare professionals) can also participate in the trial.

The project is called ProACT and it has the potential to vastly improve the healthcare being delivered to older people who have multiple chronic conditions, by putting them at the centre of their own care. The project aims to empower older people and their carers to take more control of their health and wellbeing by centring support on them in their home and by incorporating timely, proactive interventions to improve their conditions.

The researchers at NetwellCASALA are interested to see how specially designed technology can support people in an everyday setting, to learn more about their health and to help them to manage their health conditions and overall wellbeing from home. You don’t need to be familiar with computers as you will be supported throughout the trial by our researchers.

If you, or someone you know, is over 65 and has two or more chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure or chronic heart disease) and has not been diagnosed with dementia, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact Suzanne Smith at NetwellCASALA for more information on +353 (0)429370497 Extension 2501 or email or you can register your interest by visiting or by clicking the button below.




The ProACT Team will deliver  a talk in Dundalk library on 31st May 2018 at 11am. All are welcome.

If you, or someone you know, is over 65 and has two or more chronic conditions (diabetes, COPD, chronic heart failure or chronic heart disease) and has not been diagnosed with dementia, we would love to hear from you.

For more information please contact:

Suzanne Smith at NetwellCASALA 

T: 0429370497 (ext. 2501)



NetwellCASALA Website

Note to editor:

NetwellCASALA is a Research Centre in Dundalk Institute of Technology, specialising in researching innovations to support Ageing in Place (i.e. technologies and programmes which can help older people to live at home for longer).

The research centre has received over €12 million in funding over the past ten years to support its key projects. These include the Great Northern Haven, assisted living apartment complex in Barrack Street Dundalk, ProACT a European Commission Horizon 2020 project, MAESTRO and EU Ambient Assisted Living innovation project and Social Innovation Ireland’s Google ThinkTech project along with several key applied research projects and social innovation programmes.

ProACT is a €4.87million European Commission Horizon 2020 project, which aims to develop an ecosystem to integrate a wide variety of new and existing technologies to improve and advance home based integrated care for older people with two or more diseases (COPD, Chronic Heart Failure, Diabetes and Coronary Heart Disease).

The eco-system is centred on the older person and consists of homecare, hospital care, community care and social support networks. ProACT is a consortium led by Trinity College and includes the HSE, IBM Research, AIAS, NetwellCASALA, IMEC, Tyndall National Institute, Treelogic, Home Instead Senior Care, EASPD and ASP di Bologna. The project started in June 2016 and is due to complete in 2019.

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Karen Coan for further enquiries

T +353 (0)876590667