Cognitive care is largely dependent on traditional methods, only feasible in the presence of a health professional. These are centered in institutions, lacking technological tools and away from patients’ and families’ comfort zones. COGNIVITRA will integrate components for supporting cognitive and physical exercises – dual-task training – (web-based platform and movement sensors), which will facilitate the interface and communication between patients and care providers.
COGNIVITRA targets people above 50 years old at risk of cognitive impairment and with at least one risk factor for mental health. COGNIVITRA will engage end-users in co-creation and co-design of the product; and later will deploy three pilots in relevant environments that will involve 200 end-users to validate feasibility and adherence to the technology of the users, during a testing period of 15 months.
The trend for the upcoming years in terms of care and cure integration is characterized by shifting interventions to the home environment. COGNIVITRA will develop an ICT-based solution for cognitive vitality training at home. The growth in the incidence of different neurodegenerative diseases that leads to cognitive impairment is a growing problem worldwide. However, current care systems lack resources to address the growing number of patients requiring intervention.
Expected results and impact
COGNIVITRA will address the need for remote monitoring of patients’ cognitive and physical evolution for longer and more continuous periods, and for a more collaborative network for health professionals and carers. COGNIVITRA aims improving overall Quality of Life for primary end-users in at least 5% scoring in WHOQOL-OLD; reducing stress for carers (secondary end-users) at least 10% on Zarit Burden interview; containing the costs associated with healthcare for people at risk of cognitive impairment.
Neuroinova estimates to launch COGNIVITRA in the market by the end of 2022.
Partners involved in the project
- Project name: COGNItive VItality TRAining at home – COGNIVITRA
- Website: http://cognivitra.las.ipn.pt/cognivitra/
- Coordinator: Instituto Pedro Nunes
- Duration: 36 months
- Starting date: 02/2019
- Total budget: € 773.072,54
- Public contribution: € 581.015,28
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