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Project: Bizkailab - Rehacop: Interventions for the promotion of active ageing as a strategy for the prevention of disability and dependence among the elderly in Biscay
Principal Investigator: Natalia Ojeda
Main external stakeholder: Urgatzi Group
Start date: 01/01/2012
End date: 31/12/2020
Interdisciplinary Platform/ Area: Ageing and Well-Being


Social ImpactGood health and well-being

REHACOG aims to respond to the challenge of healthy ageing, prevention and promotion of health and autonomy of elderly people. The project aims to determine whether neuropsychological rehabilitation can be an effective treatment for improving cognition, emotional state, quality of life and reducing clinical symptoms in older people. REHACOG is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goal 3 (Good Health and Well- Being), with the priorities of the European Horizon 2020 Programme (Social Challenge 1: Health, demographic change and well-being), as well as with the Basque active ageing strategy 2015-2020.
The project has allowed to:

  • At the scientific level: carry out the first study that jointly addresses neuropsychological performance, subjective complaints of patients and caregivers, quality of life and clinical variables such as apathy largely present in ageing and other pathologies such as Parkinson´s; analyse the effects of neuropsychological rehabilitation on cognitive performance, clinical and functional variables both after treatment and longitudinally.
  • develop a new neuropsychological rehabilitation tool adapted to older people: REHACOG. REHACOG was implemented in 12 residences and day centres in Biscay and has been extended to external centres in other provinces.
  • with the aim of transferring results, carry out several talks with the staff at day centres which have been attended by both professionals and users.
  • have an impact on the health and functionality of older people, as well as the prevention of dependency, as shown in user satisfaction surveys, who have highly valued the experience.
  • establish close collaboration with the Urgatzi Residence Group. The research team continues to work with external actors so that the results derived from the project continue to be transferred to both clinical and social settings.
  • the preparation of training material for professionals and students based on the information obtained in one of the rehabilitation sessions.
  • the dissemination of the results in different national and international conferences.
  • the publication in international impact scientific journals.
  • the dissemination of results on the media.