European research to tackle the triple challenge of dementia, hearing and sight loss

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The combined impact of dementia, age-related hearing and vision impairment is to be investigated by a new multi-million pound European research consortium, led by The University of Manchester.

Seven in ten Europeans over the age of 65 are affected by either sight or hearing problems and over two thirds suffer from depression or dementia. When combined together the cumulative impact of these conditions is far greater than any of the individual conditions. The scale of combined sensory and cognitive problems is substantial, but it is poorly understood.

The five year SENSE-Cog project, led by The University of Manchester, has been funded with €6.5m from the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 research programme. The project aims to investigate this combined impact and develop new tools that could improve quality of life and optimise health and social care budgets across Europe.

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