The Matia Gerontological Institute is the unit of Matia Fundazioa dedicated to creating applicable knowledge and its dissemination in society (R+D+i). A unique centre in the Basque Country, with 10 years of experience.

The objective of this Institute is to collaborate in the definition of new models of prevention, care and health, as well as in providing support during the changes associated with ageing and the development of business projects that add value and quality to ageing, creating new solutions based on the knowledge of each of the members of the foundation.

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 Year: 2016 - Status: In progress
 Year: 2015 to 2016 - Status: In progress
 Professionals: Erkuden Aldaz

Traditionally different names have been used to refer to changes that occur at different ages in cognitive functioning, however, the concept of mild cognitive impairment came about in the 1990s, as defined by Petersen (2004). This concept is currently the most widely used.

 Year: 2015 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Elena del Barrio, Mayte Sancho

From the Department of Employment and Social Policy of the Basque Government, aware of the important transformation that the society is experiencing as a result of the ageing process, with the collaboration of the Matia Institute technical team, the Strategy for Active Ageing has been developed f

 Year: 2015 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Elena del Barrio, Mayte Sancho

Quantitative studies on the ageing population of the Basque Country have their origin in the 1993 Senior Survey, conducted under the 1994 Gerontological Plan by the Basque Government.

 Year: 2015 to 2017 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Erkuden Aldaz, Álvaro Garcia, Nerea GaldonaProfesionales Matia Instituto Gerontológico

Existing flexible ICT solutions could assist elderly users with cognitive impairment in organising, carrying out and completing everyday tasks and constitute essential factors for continuing to be and A1:K20 independent. IN LIFE will offer all-around, personalised, multi-faceted existing ICT solutions and services addressing diverse daily activities (eating, physical activity, commuting, mental stimulation, communication, social interaction, etc.) to users with cognitive impairment living in their own home or in sheltered homes, as well as to their formal and informal carers.

 Year: 2015 - Status: Finished

FRAILTEK: New strategies for the development of tools and products aimed at the identification and assessment of frailty syndrome.

 Year: 2014 to 2016 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Erkuden Aldaz

The implementation of Person-Centred Care Model (PCC Model) in gerontology centres requires intense training by the professionals involved in their care.

 Year: 2014 to 2016 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Ainara Tomasena, Miren Iturburu

The increasing demand of leisure and cultural services by the segment of people with functional diversity requires tourist destinations to be prepared to provide this part of society with a service with guaranteed quality.

 Year: 2014 to 2016 - Status: In progress

RAPP is a 3-year research project (2013-2016) funded by the European Commission through its FP7 programme. The RAPP project will provide an open source software platform to support the creation and delivery of robotic applications.

 Year: 2014 to 2016 - Status: Finished
 Professionals: Ainara Tomasena, Álvaro Garcia, Pura Diaz-VeigaJudith Salazar

The existing model of care currently does not meet the life expectations of most seniors. It does not take their interests, desires, rights or capabilities into account and does not address their diversity or preferences.