MedGizmo - MedGizmo Overview: Wearables for Dementia
18.11.2015, 15:16   Various

MedGizmo Overview: Wearables for Dementia

Dementia is basically a set of symptoms that include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem-solving or language. Millions of people are affected by dementia all over the world, and the number is growing. Dementia may develop from Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and AIDS, and so far no cure is discovered. According to a recent Healthy Skeptic post the research, sponsored by National Institute on Aging, found that dementia consumed the highest spending figures for Medicare beneficiaries aged 70 or older who died between 2005 and 2010, beating heart disease, cancer or other diseases. The research validates the terrible burden this disease imposes on Americans.  The toll is not just financial, but the physical and mental debilitation endured by informal caregivers.  There are few, if any, effective treatments for dementia today, and projections are that its costs will grow substantially in the next few years.
In this post we attempt to take a look at some wearable devices that van make the life of patients with dementia.

The Alzheimer's Association offers safety services that use GPS and mobile technology:
  • Comfort Zone® and Comfort Zone Check-In® can help you manage a person's location.
  • Comfort Zone includes MedicAlert + Safe Return.

Watch this video by The Alzheimer's Association
Beacons of Hope (Wearables Helping Dementia Patients)

9Solutions IPCS Products
9Solutions is the leading manufacturer of Bluetooth Low Energy RFID and cloud technology based solutions for healthcare safety and work flow optimization. With Integrated Positioning and Communicating System (IPCS) technology it is possible to get an indoor positioning system which can track and monitor locations of the wearer based on an array of wireless technology (Bluetooth, RFID, Infrared, Ultra Wide Band, Ultrasound, Wi-Fi, Zigbee). There is a special service designed for dementia care (9Solutions Dementia Care product 9S-SWL-01-02)
•    Giving people with dementia a chance to live their daily life in a humane way.
•    Monitoring the clients' movements imperceptibly in real time.
•    No alarm when dementia patients move in the permitted areas within the facility or in the yard.
•    Automatic alarm is sent to the nursing staff according to the arrangements when dementia patients exit the designated area.
•    Door surveillance specifying permitted areas for groups or even for individuals, e.g. according to certain times and days of the week.

The BodyGuardian® Remote Monitoring System
 is worn on torso. This is a wearable body sensor that is capable of recording biometric data for clinical use: ECG, respiration rate, activity level and body position. It is designed to adhere to the body without impairing user mobility. All data is delivered securely to the cloud-based Preventice Care Platform which can be viewed by the user's doctors. The system is cleared by the FDA

CleverCare Mobile & GPS Enabled Personal Emergency Alarm
Using a stand alone, mobile and GPS enabled smart watch, Clevercare connects family members with each other and a 24/7 emergency response call center anywhere, anytime. Clevercare has revolutionized the way we think about medical and safety alarms. It defines danger and safety zones and alerts the caretaker if they leave or enter them

Ybrain headband-like gadget.

Uses electrical pulses to increase activity in the prefrontal cortex and improves overall brain health. The company aims to treat brain disease at the early stages, and hopes even to prevent it.
Ybrain technology can be defined as “Measure & Modify.” It measures signals from the brain and modifies brain activities to improve and suppress brain functions by stimulating the brain with small amounts of current. Through real-time measurement and stimulation, brain health is managed.
Our brain signal sensing technology facilitate simultaneous brain signal measurements and stimulation. This allows us to develop personalized, easy-to-use, miniaturized, and well-designed wearable devices.
Based on the individual’s brain signals, personalized current stimulation is provided to vitalize certain brain regions to keep the brain healthy. Ybrain technology is an evolutionary method to modulate cognitive function simpler and safer than surgery or medication.
Through the neural network, Ybrain technology can reach even deeper regions of the brain and can apply treatment for various neurological disorders.
Neurosignal Analysis
Neuroscientists in Ybrain analyze brain signal data retrieved from the wearable device and provide accurate and personalized services. In addition, through analysis of brain signal big-data, we construct a system that predicts and diagnoses neurological disorders

Smart Socks by Kenneth Shinozuka
A light-weight sensor at the heel of the sock alerts caregiver when the patient gets out of bed. It alerts the smartphone app connected via Bluetooth. The alarm sends a discrete alert to a smart phone, allowing a caregiver to track him down. Kenneth decided he wanted to help more than just his granddad and got an internship with the Alzheimer’s Associations. He’s now testing the device in an assisted-living facility and so far there’s been no false alarms!

Emotiv Insight
Emotiv Insight is a sleek, 5-channel, wireless headset that records your brainwaves and translates them into meaningful data you can understand. Designed for everyday use, Insight has advanced electronics that are fully optimized to produce clean, robust signals anytime, anywhere. Insight introduces cutting-edge, proprietary dry polymer sensors that give you the same great electrical conductivity without the setup or saline.
It translates neurological activity into data users can understand. The brainwear can measure, track and help a user to improve attention, focus, engagement, interest, excitement, affinity, relaxation and stress reduction. The device will be iOS and Android compatible.

HealthPatch MD by Vital Connect

A patch that helps physicians and caregivers monitor patients with dementia. Biosensors capture biometrics such as heart rate, fall detection and its severity (common among dementia patients), caloric burn and sleep quality.
The HealthPatch® MD detects the following vital signs and biometric measurements:
  •     Single-Lead ECG
  •     Heart Rate
  •     Heart Rate Variability
  •     Respiratory Rate
  •     Skin Temperature
  •     Body Posture
  •     Fall Detection
  •     Activity including Steps
The HealthPatch® MD has received FDA clearance for sale in the US, regulatory approval (CE Mark) for distribution in EU, Ninsho certification in Japan, and it is registered for distribution in Canada.

Talking Mats helps dementia patients to communicate.

Our innovative, award-winning Talking Mats communication symbols tool is based on extensive research and designed by Speech and Language Therapists. It uses unique, specially designed picture communication symbols that are attractive to all ages and communication abilities and is used by clinical practitioners, carers and support workers in a wide range of health, social work, residential and education settings.
Whether used for consulting children and young people, used as a stroke communication resource, or used to overcome communication difficulties for people with learning disability or dementia, our communication symbols have proved highly effective. We have developed one of the best methods and one of the best apps for people with communication difficulties.

Toshiba’s Silmee W20 and W21 activity trackers designed for seniors.
The band includes a skin temperature sensor, pulse monitor, ultraviolet light sensor, accelerometer and an emergency button in case of accidents or general distress. The devices also have BlueTooth capability that connects to both iOS and Android, and the W21 model has a GPS tracking system in case the wearer should become disoriented and lost. Both bands run on a lithium ion battery that can run for two weeks without needing to be recharged, meaning that the wearer or their caretaker doesn’t have to worry about the battery running out every day and needing to recharge it at night, when accidents may still occur.
18.11.2015, 15:16   Various
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