A digital program for cognitive health takes root in Charlevoix

Thanks to a first collaboration between the Living Lab Charlevoix, led by the Chair of Innovation and Research in Emergency Medicine, and Lucilab, a Quebec company with a societal mission, Charlevoisians aged between 45 and 70 can create an account for free in the web application.

Based on science, the Luci program aims to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyle habits recognized for their favorable effect on brain health.

Luci focuses on three factors that protect cognitive health: physical activity, healthy eating and intellectual stimulation. According to demographic data, the median age of Charlevoix’s population is about 10 years older than for the province as a whole.

“The trend of population aging strongly affects rural areas. There is a considerable need for solutions aimed at promoting the physical and cognitive health of adults and seniors in the regions,” says Dr. Richard Fleet, emergency physician, psychologist and founder of the Living Lab Charlevoix.

By collaborating with Lucilab, the Living Lab Charlevoix aims in particular to measure the appreciation of the Luci program by users and to assess the potential for implementing such a digital solution through its network of public partners, parapublic and community.

“Charlevoix is ​​distinguished by its creativity, its open-mindedness and its commitment. In my opinion, this is an ideal population to test an innovation like Luci,” he adds.

Even today, inequalities persist in terms of access to health care and services between rural and urban areas. For example, Canadian patients treated in rural hospitals are estimated to be 20% more likely to die of stroke than patients treated in urban hospitals, and trauma patients in rural Quebec have a mortality rate 3.4 times higher than their fellow citizens in major centers.

“Accessibility is a fundamental value of Lucilab. Ultimately, we want all Quebecers with modifiable risk factors for cognitive decline to have access to our services, regardless of their postal code,” says Marc-André Chagnon, president of Lucilab.