AI4HOPE: Spearheads digital transformation in dementia care


AI4HOPE, a groundbreaking initiative funded by Horizon Europe, is leading the charge in transforming dementia care through cutting-edge digital health interventions. With a mission to revolutionise support for individuals with dementia and their caregivers, AI4HOPE aims to reduce distress and anxiety while enhancing the overall quality of life.

Recognising dementia as a critical public health concern, AI4HOPE leverages its Horizon Europe funding to develop culturally sensitive palliative care solutions within a comprehensive digital ecosystem. By prioritising holistic support and sustainability, the project addresses the pressing need for innovative approaches to dementia care.

According to the latest statistics from the Dementia in Europe Yearbook 2019 and the updated 2021-2025 Strategic Plan published by Alzheimer Europe, the prevalence of dementia is about 2% of the total population (over 10 million) of Europe and non-EU countries. It is estimated that this ratio will climb up to 3% or higher by 2050.

With dementia prevalence increasing, AI4HOPE aims to deliver patient-centred digital health interventions that improve access to care and quality of life for those affected by the condition. The project aims to provide invaluable support to individuals and their caregivers through advanced care planning systems and emotion regulation techniques.

Reminiscence therapy, one of the critical components of AI4HOPE's approach, has shown promising results in improving quality of life and reducing depression among individuals with dementia. The project aims to expand access to these vital support services by harnessing technology.

AI4HOPE's innovative digital interventions span various technologies, including mobile applications, virtual reality, robotics, and gaming platforms. These tools enhance communication, improve health outcomes, and promote overall well-being for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.

"Our Horizon Europe-funded project is dedicated to empowering patients and caregivers with cost-effective digital health interventions," said Associate Professor and AI4HOPE Project Coordinator Riku Klén from the University of Turku.

More information

Associate Professor Riku Klén,

Research Coordinator Mari Vähä-Mäkilä, tel. +35840 747 82 52,

Created 10.04.2024 | Updated 10.04.2024