What do we do:
Social research

Dr. Pilar Cañabate, head of Social Work

"The aim of social research is the analysis of the variables related to the care of a person with cognitive decline or dementia in order to identify those involved in the welfare of the one affected as well as their family enviroment."

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On-going projects

PreDADQoL – Ethical and Legal Framework for Predictive Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease: Quality of Life of Individuals at Risk and their Close Others

ERA-NET NEURON (Call 2015)

The PreDADQoL Project aims to develop a theoretical and practical operational framework in order to lay down the basis for managing the situations that people has to face when they are told that in the future they may develop Alzheimer's disease.

RAMCIP - Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at Home

European Comission (H2020-PHC-2014/2015) & Fundació ACE

The RAMCIP study aims to develop a robot to provide assistance and support to patients in a mild stage of dementia in order to help them maintain their independence and quality of life

The European project Robotic Assistant for MCI Patients at home (RAMCIP) was launched to develop, within three years, the first home care robot for older people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Funded by the European Commission, within the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, the aim of the device is to maintain the independence, autonomy and quality of life of users for as long as possible.  

Coordinated by the Institute of Information Technology - Hellas Research and Technology Center (ITI-CERTH) in Greece, the RAMCIP project envisages the creation of robot-assisted home environments that provide safe support in significant aspects of the user's daily life, such as cooking, eating, dressing or performing some household tasks. As a result, dehydration and malnutrition are prevented, and mortality and the number of hospitalizations, among others, are reduced.

In addition, the project foresees that the robot will help the user to maintain a positive attitude and to work on their cognitive and physical skills, as part of their welfare work, incorporating exercise into their daily behaviour.

Fundació ACE has been in charge of carrying out the pilot tests of the RAMCIP robot in the homes of patients with mild cognitive impairment and mild dementia in Barcelona. It has also selected users based on strict inclusion criteria that have to do with both the person and the phase of the disease in which they are, as well as with their physical, family and social environment.

La demencia en Barcelona: retrato de la estructura y atención socio-sanitaria de 10.000 familias

Fundació ACE

This study analyzes the variables associated with the care of people with cognitive impairment or dementia in order to find out those that help or hinder the well-being of the patient and their closest environment.