The MOCIA research programme aims at being able to signal an increased risk of cognitive decline and to improve prevention by developing a personalised lifestyle intervention. MOCIA stands for ‘Maintaining Optimal Cognitive function In Ageing’.
As part of a global initiative, we will be testing a multi-domain lifestyle intervention in Dutch older adults. We will additionally focus on individual differences, predictive factors, biological mechanisms, behavioural change, and e-Health technology.
“Our mission is to promote a healthy brain. We do this by determining the effects of lifestyle interventions on cognition, and by uncovering the underlying gut-brain mechanism, and from these insights develop smart and personalised support that motivates people to make healthy choices that suit them.”
During the seven-year programme (2020-2027), our MOCIA research will result in a predictive, preventive, personalised and participatory multidomain lifestyle intervention for older adults at risk of cognitive decline. One of the MOCIA outcomes consists of a personalised eHealth intervention module that, with the help of feedback on validated predictive measures, can help older adults at home to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle for optimal cognitive health.
The project is funded by the NWO crossover programme, which has the aim to strengthen the Dutch knowledge and innovation system with public-private partnerships. The MOCIA public-private partnership consists of various academic institutions and societal and industrial partners.