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MOre NUrturing and More Empowerment Nested in Technology

Priority Axis

Technological and Social Innovation

Specific objective

Social Innovation

Lead partner

City of Mechelen


Date de début


Date de fin


Project budget

4 405 199

ERDF amount

2 643 119

ERDF rate


    À propos

    Common challenge

    Dementia is a growing social problem. The WHO considers dementia the first priority. The high cost of it will challenge health systems to cope with the predicted future increase of cases. A solution lies in the socialisation of care.To make this possible, informal carers are a crucial factor.

    But care for PLWD is a lot more challenging than care for people without dementia. The health of informal carers suffers from this. A strong network, more knowledge, insight and skills among informal carers could make a difference in their care burden. Also, providing respite care for dementia caregivers to engage in leisure can be a promising coping strategy. Technological applications for the service of PLWD and their informal carers exist, but are often unknown, are not developed in collaboration with informal carers and therefore not geared to their needs. Assistive technologies on the market are insufficiently accessible, without opportunity to experiment and often not introduced on time.

    Main Achievements

    Due to the current situation, the project had a somewhat bumpy start. We've already made 2 major modifications. The partnership welcomed 1 new partner and 2 others left as partners to become observing partners. Next to this we were granted an extension of 6 months, which gives the partnership the opportunity to tackle the loss of time due to COVID. Creating a close partnership with mutual understanding isn't that obvious in these strange times, but the partners adapted well to the change and were very much willing to co-operate, crossborder learnings were set up and best practices shared.

    There have already been 2 partner meetings and the partnership meets monthly for a content meeting regarding the workpackages to fully understand the deliverables, outputs and specific results that must be achieved. During these meetings crossborder learnings are set up and connections between workpackages are made. Also ways of measurement are discussed and created. Next to this, I state that partners find each other quickly when they need input on how to do something or to tackle an issue. Overall the project is well received locally, there has already been some communication about the project. Despite this COVID delay, the partnership made a good start in implementing the Odense model and are laying the foundation for the technology part of the project.



    Centre of Expertise on Dementia Flanders


    Norfolk County Council


    University of Lille


    HZ University of Applied Sciences


    The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty

    WVO Care