Welcome to the SENSE-Cog project
The combined impact of dementia, age-related hearing and vision impairment is the focus of an ambitious European research project, SENSE-Cog: Promoting health for eyes, ears and mind, led by the University of Manchester, Prof. Iracema Leroi (Honorary Professor at University of Manchester and since April 2019 Professor at Global Brain Health Institute, Trinity College Dublin).
Seven in ten Europeans over the age of 65 live with sight or hearing problems and over two-thirds live with depression or dementia. When combined together, the cumulative impact of such dual or triple impairments is far greater than that of the individual conditions alone.
The scale of combined sensory and cognitive problems is substantial but, as yet, poorly understood.
SENSE-Cog aims to investigate this combined impact on patients, and to develop new tools and at-home support that could improve quality of life and help optimise health and social care budgets and resource allocation across Europe.
The project started in January 2016 and will run until December 2020, and is supported financially by the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020.