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The project MOAI Labs.

INICIO › THE PROJECT

Today’s situation.

The loneliness experienced by our seniors brings with it the risk of premature death, worsening health, physical and cognitive deterioration, mental illness, and loss of quality of life.

Considered the biggest pandemic of this century, difficult to detect, with no specific comprehensive programmes to manage it, it signifies society’s failure to care for its most vulnerable members.

Today more than ever solutions are urgently needed as its incidence and malignancy increase due to the COVID-19 pandemic happening at the same time. Lockdown and social distancing measures have severe repercussions for lonely older people.

What is it.

MOAI LABS: Collective Intelligence and Social and Health Technology Laboratories to combat isolation and loneliness among the elderly.

MOAI LABS was born as one of the PROCURA Community of Regions’ priorities and is an unprecedented, coordinated action at the social, health and community levels.

It aims to promote business investment in innovative solutions to combat loneliness, incentivised by a future innovative public procurement with forward commitment, and through the action of the FIRST EUROPEAN TRANSNATIONAL LIVING LAB SPECIALISED IN LONELINESS AND OPEN INNOVATION, able to support this investment thanks to the integration of ‘Experts by Experience’ (need), ‘Early Demand Groups’ (supply), potential buyers (demand), and the environment (community), which will ensure the solutions are adopted to reduce the loneliness of the elderly, increase their connections and their empowerment.

Main objective

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Establish the first European transnational laboratory dedicated to R&D&I to combat seniors’ loneliness and social isolation using the potential of collective intelligence to design and create innovative solutions with major social impact.
Improve how innovative technology-based solutions adapt to the needs, expectations, and wishes of older people suffering from unwanted loneliness by bringing supply and demand closer (MOAI challenges).

 

Roadmap for the first Forward Commitment Procurement (FCP) in the SUDOE area to address loneliness and social isolation.
Experiment with the proposed open innovation model and run pilots of the innovative solutions obtained through the first transnational participatory needs analysis (know to intervene in loneliness), co-creation process, and prototyping of technological innovations demanded.

 

Impact assessment and advocacy in local, regional, and national policies to combat loneliness and social isolation.

Project beneficiaries

The consortium brings together relevant players to offer a comprehensive solution:

    • Living Labs in the field of health and personal autonomy,
    • Benchmark technology centres,
    • FabLab,
    • Care service providers, and
    • National cluster to connect with business.

It will also connect with the three national policies/initiatives to ensure coordinated action with extensive territorial coverage.

Project beneficiaries are:

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Spain
Those over 65 affected by loneliness
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France
Those over 65 affected by loneliness
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Portugal
Seniors monitored in primary health care affected by loneliness

Some numbers on loneliness and isolation.

Out of 162 million seniors in Europe, loneliness affects almost 65 million, afflicting 39.8% of those over 65 in Spain and 48% of those over 80 (La Caixa, 2019), over 27% of those over 65 in France (CSA and Little Sisters of the Poor Study), and 36% of older people in primary health care in Portugal live in a situation of moderate to severe loneliness (CINTESIS & ARS-Norte, 2019).

 

The perceived high incidence of unwanted loneliness (31% of older people in Europe live alone or in isolation), both objective (isolation) and subjective (lack of satisfaction with social ties), has become one of the most important and complex risk phenomena, as well as one of the most silent and difficult to detect ailments. With social implications, it affects health (physical, psychological, and emotional) and functional capacity, decreases a person’s quality of life and dramatically increases the likelihood of disease, mortality, and dependency.

 

MOAI LABS’ challenge is to support the creation of knowledge and innovative multi-sectoral solutions to prevent loneliness and isolation, combining approaches for active and healthy ageing to improve the health and participation of ageing people, ensuring their safety, security, and care (WHO, 2002).

Areas of action.

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Intras Foundation
Castile and Leon (Valladolid)
Spain
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Department of Social Services of Castile and Leon
Castile and Leon (Valladolid)
Spain
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General Foundation of the University of Valladolid
Castile and Leon (Valladolid)
Spain
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Tarragona Maintenance (LEITAT)
Terrasa, Barcelona (Catalonia)
Spain
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Institut des métiers de la Longévité (I2ML)
Nimes
France
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Mutualité Française Limousine (MFL)
Limoges
Francia
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University of Aveiro (UAV)
Aveiro
Portugal
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INOV INESC INOVAÇÃO, Instituto de Novas Tecnologias (INOV)
Lisbon
Portugal
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Information Technology for Health in the Region of Murcia
Murcia
Spain