Imperial College London
Noyan Songur and Momen Kamal Tageldeen are both Imperial College Bioengineering graduates working together to tackle elderly loneliness.
Noyan Songur has a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and MSc in Human Robotics from Imperial College London. He previously published papers on human-machine interfaces and his research was awarded by Toyota and BMW. He also held positions in Forbes-acknowledge healthcare startups and consulting companies.
Momen Kamal Tageldeen is currently a PhD candidate at Bioengineering Department at Imperial College London. He has paper publications and several international awards and was an invited reviewer for multiple IEEE conferences. He previously headed the engineering work for a biotechnology start-up that was acknowledged in Forbes and selected for Rebel Bio accelerator.
It is estimated that 1 in 7 people in the UK will be aged over 75 by 2040. Currently, more than 2 million people in England aged over 75 live alone, while more than a million say they live without talking to friends or family for a month. Such social deprivation, loneliness and lack of interactions can lead to mental health problems such as depression and dementia as well as decline in physical health. Currently, one in four of aged 65 and above suffer from depression. As the diagnosis of these problems are hard to identify, nearly 80% with depression receive no help at all from the NHS.
Our solution, Retroville, a TV-based social platform that provides lonely elderly people with purposeful activities to incentivise them for a healthier lifestyle and facilitate building new bonds with their peers. The platform will have on-demand workouts, intellectually stimulating games and health-related tips that the user will choose to engage individually or collectively with other peers on the platform. Retroville aims to be the 24/7 go-to companion for elderly living alone to feel supported, socially included and purposeful in life.
We are looking for support from charities to connect us with elderly communities to help us better understand and solve this epidemic of loneliness.
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