Technology Development

ThinkActive – Designing for Cognitive Health

/ EPSRC and Philips Research


The ThinkActive project is co-designing services that will enable people with dementia and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) to live physically active lifestyles.


  • John Vines

  • Katie Brittain

  • Paul Fulton


Generate concepts for services that will enable people to be physical active in order to improve cognitive function and quality of life.

Research Overview:

The research will combine interviews, diaries and co-design workshops in order to identify people's needs and ultimately generate innovative, user-driven solutions.

Research Importance:

Worldwide, over 35 million people are currently living with dementia. With this figure expected to rise significantly in coming years, the World Health Organization regards dementia as a global public health challenge. The vast majority of dementia cases cannot be cured. Current drug treatments have a limited effect on functional capacity and do not affect the progression of disease. Physical activity has been found to have a positive effect on cognitive function and may delay cognitive decline in people with dementia and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Physical activity also has wider benefits for people with dementia, improving mobility, sleep, behaviour, mood and communication. People with dementia and mild cognitive impairment can face barriers to maintaining a physically active lifestyle. This research will identify people's needs and well as their desires and interests around physical activity. It seeks to go beyond assistive technology to enable people to live the life they enjoy.

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