Process View for Active and Healthy Aging
Keywords:aging, health, senior, process view, process model, process capability, , AHA
Active and Healthy Aging (AHA) is one of the growing concerns and aims of a sustainable society and thus a focus of the European Union. The adoption of a process view and the analysis of the processes to be performed has brought about numerous advantages to business organizations and industrial enterprizes. Advantages range from clarity, understandability, and teachability to increased efficiency due to assessment and measurements of quality and capability.
The basic idea of the process view is to describe necessary activities on an abstract level (i.e. as activity types) and organize these abstracted activities (together with abstracted work products) in a process model. Individual processes are derived (instantiated) from the process model to be enacted.
In this paper we investigate, as a continuation of (Chroust, 2017) and (Chroust and Aumayr, 2017), the challenge of applying a process view to health support for elderly persons ("AHA", Active and Healthy Aging (univ.Torino, 2016)) and identify the differences from classical applications (software engineering, office automation, business intelligence, ...).
We will turn our special attention to activities which can be designed to be performed by a Senior himself/herself, by helpers from different professions, and by machines (computers) of varying capability and diversity. The variability of the capability of elderly people obviously has to be taken into account by the support system by providing alternative implementations of the same support activity task depending on the capability of an individual Senior.
A discussion about the possibilities to assess the quality of AHA-processes and their support by a Model Interpreter closes the paper.