A new app has been developed by researchers aimed to help people living with dementia by making their homes more “dementia-friendly”.
Using 3-D game technology, the app lets users arrange furniture and layout within homes to a friendlier environment. It is intended to identify the potential problems that may cause people living with dementia problems.
The Lancet Neurology Commission has compiled a 74-page report of data about dementia in Europe was recently submitted to the European Parliament with support from Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI).
The full report shows analyses of cases of dementia incidence, prevalence, costs, and overall trends in recent years. A few facts highlighted include:
Swiss professor Nadia Thalmann has developed a robot companion for people living with dementia, crediting her idea to her mother-in-law who has dementia.
The robot, named Nadine, is able to recognize humans, interact with them via activities such as answer questions or play games, and is designed for the purpose of providing people living with dementia a personal companion that can comfort them.
Pain is the body’s warning sign that something is wrong. Many chronic illnesses and painful conditions cause pain—such as diabetes, arthritis and toothaches. But because people living with dementia struggle to express pain in typical ways, they often have untreated pain. This is especially an issue for people in the later stages of dementia who may struggle to communicate.
A study from King’s College London and the University of Southampton tracked the health of 59 men and women with Alzheimer’s disease. Undergoing dental examinations, cognitive tests, and blood tests before and after the study, the researchers discovered multiple findings from the results.