COADAPT: Adaptive environments and conversational agent based approaches for healthy aging and work ability

The project provides a framework that strengthens the resources of an aging person both at work and in other areas of life. This supports healthy aging.




It may be difficult for an aging person to remain active if aging impairs their ability to interact with digitalized information or digital channels and interfaces or makes digital interaction more difficult.

The aim of the COADAPT project is to provide a framework that promotes change, including the following adaptation support tools:

  1. Personal adaptation support: The empowerment of aging people is supported in order to make it possible for them to adapt to changing circumstances. A change agent that processes personalized, AI-based, linguistic and psychophysiological data is used as an aid.
  2. Adaptation of work systems: Shift planning systems, personal cognitive loads on assembly lines and the use of situational applications to support the cognitive activities of older employees are studied.

Materials and techniques

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health provides a framework that integrates information on how the effects of aging are taken into account:

  • in technological design
  • in shift planning software
  • in the use of optimal change strategies in the context of healthy aging.

The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health will carry out an intervention study on the adaptation of shift planning software according to the needs of older employees.

We will also study the characteristics of working time that support the work ability of older employees. For this purpose, we will use longitudinal data from the follow-up study of the municipal sector. We will examine how changes in the characteristics of working time are related to sickness absences and work ability of younger and older employees.

In a quasi-experimental setting, we will also use the material produced by electronic shift planning software to examine which aspects of working time (for example, the number of night shifts, the length of weekly working time) affect the well-being at work of older employees and their work ability.

With the help of shift planning software, we will examine whether the possibility to influence working time and recovery improve the work ability and well-being of older people.

Results and effectiveness

We aim to empower older people by promoting their health, especially through physical activity, sleep and flexible working time solutions. We promote the use of information technology of the elderly and, consequently, their digital literacy and social networking.

The results of the shift planning intervention are used in the social and health care sector in the new versions of the shift planning software and their recommendations with consideration for older employees. We are also updating an interactive web portal that provides feedback on the characteristics of working time.

Our experts

Mikko Härmä

Mikko Härmä

Mikko.Harma [at]
+358 30 474 2729

Members of the consortium

Helsingin Yliopisto, Helsinki, konsortion johtaja prof. Giulio Jacucci, giulio.jacucci(at)
Aalto Yliopisto, Espoo
Bnp S.r.l., Cittadella, Italia
Electrolux Italia, Italia
Etsimo Healthcare, Turku
IDEGO, Rooma, Italia
Innovation Sprint, Brysseli, Belgia
Padovan Yliopisto, Padova, Italia
Trenton Yliopisto, Trento, Italia
Työterveyslaitos, Helsinki


EU Horizon 2020, members of the consortium