As the European population ages, health issues like cognitive decline and dementia become increasingly prevalent. Given the limited effective therapies for these conditions, prevention becomes crucial. However, research in this field, especially concerning dementia, significantly lags behind other health problems like cancer and heart disease. Most dementia studies focus on genetic risks, overlooking behavioral factors such as lifestyle and diet, neglecting potentially modifiable factors crucial for prevention.
COMFORTAGE aims to develop holistic healthcare models to advance research, prevention, and personalised interventions for dementia and frailty, promoting individuals’ physical and mental health. The project involves medical experts, social scientists, technical specialists, Digital Innovation Hubs, and Living Labs, aiming to establish a pan-European framework centred around communities and individuals for the prevention, monitoring, and management of dementia and frailty.
The project’s objective is to assist healthcare providers in designing and implementing personalised preventive measures, fostering behavioural changes that enhance mental and physical health, overall wellbeing, and individuals’ quality of life.
Through medical, clinical, social, and technological innovations, the initiative seeks to create innovative solutions, improve care, and promote social integration. COMFORTAGE also focuses on integrating and managing diverse data sources through holistic health records, creating a European healthcare platform utilizing AI as a resource for early diagnosis and personalised care.
CyberEthics Lab. supports the project’s multidisciplinary approach by promoting compliance with ethical guidelines and existing regulations in technological development and clinical research across 13 pilot studies involving stakeholders in 8 European countries. Additionally, aiming to foster inclusive care pathways for the elderly through innovative digital solutions, CyberEthics Lab. will utilise and further develop proprietary methods to assess and evaluate the social acceptance of technology and the ethics of artificial intelligence. This involvement actively engages patients, families, caregivers, and other stakeholders in developing responsible technological solutions.