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PROMOTING MENTAL WELLBEING IN THE AGEING URBAN POPULATION: DETERMINANTS, POLICIES AND INTERVENTIONS IN EUROPEAN CITIES

Objective

Major depressive disorder, dementia, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse affect a substantial part of the European older population. Over 70% of Europeans reside in cities, and this percentage will increase in the next decades. Urbanization and ageing have enormous implications for public mental health. Cities pose major challenges for older citizens, but also offer opportunities for the design of policies, clinical and public health interventions that promote mental health. The overall aim of the MINDMAP project is to identify the opportunities offered by the urban environment for the promotion of mental wellbeing and cognitive function of older individuals in Europe. The project will advance understanding by bringing together longitudinal studies across cities in Europe, the US and Canada to unravel the causal pathways and multi-level interactions between the urban environment and the social, behavioural, psychosocial and biological determinants of mental health and cognitive function in older adults. Specifically, the project will (a) assess the impact of the urban environment on the mental wellbeing and disorders associated with ageing, and estimate the extent to which exposure to specific urban environmental factors and policies explain differences in ageing-related mental and cognitive disorders both within as well as between European cities, (b) assess the causal pathways and interactions between the urban environment and the individual determinants of mental health and cognitive ageing in older adults, (c) use agent-based modelling to simulate the effect of urban environmental, prevention and care policies on the trajectories of mental health and cognitive ageing across cities in Europe. Knowledge will significantly contribute to future-proof preventive strategies in urban settings favouring the mental dimension of healthy ageing, the reduction of the negative impact of mental disorders on co-morbidities, and maintaining cognitive ability in old age.
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Coordinator

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM

Address

Dr Molewaterplein 40
3015 Gd Rotterdam

Netherlands

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 188 250

Participants (14)

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LONDON SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 44 809,46

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 400 770

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 400 000

NORGES TEKNISK-NATURVITENSKAPELIGE UNIVERSITET NTNU

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 294 666,25

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE LA SANTE ET DE LA RECHERCHE MEDICALE

France

EU Contribution

€ 402 235

ALBERTINEN-KRANKENHAUS/ALBERTINEN-HAUS GEMEINNUTZIGE GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 397 122,50

AZIENDA SANITARIA LOCALE TO3

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 338 125

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

United States

EU Contribution

€ 399 720

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 400 191,25

The Research Institute of the Mc Gill University Health Centre

Canada

EU Contribution

€ 367 525

KING'S COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 567 523,75

STICHTING VUMC

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 400 665

UNIVERSITY OF ESSEX

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 141 556,79

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 667661

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.1.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 743 160

  • EU contribution

    € 5 743 160

Coordinated by:

ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM

Netherlands