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Helping people with mild dementia to navigate their day

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Which one of our four interest areas do you think is the most important to improve the life of a person suffering dementia?
Help he/she to remember
21%
Help on maintaining social contacts
22%
Help on performing daily life activities
42%
Enhance their feeling of safety
15%
Total votes: 73

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State of the art of services regarding dementia care

In order to determine the future COGKNOW situation inside the market, COGKNOW partners made an analysis of current services. There were services with similar characteristics to COGKNOW, more than a half of the analyzed services do not exceed 40% affinity with COGKNOW. But none of them fulfils all the functionalities of COGKNOW in an unique system. According to our measure scale the most similar services would be:

Nowadays, the most developed field is location. Any patient with mild dementia can suffer disorientation and cannot be able of situating in his/her own environment. Decorated wallA location service can be the necessary help to return to the normality. There are different versions of this service in the market: from those devices that make phone calls to those ones with GPS. COGKNOW goes further over including a location service with detailed information, both outward and home inside. When that information is necessary, it can be sent to the carers who decide if the patient is in danger. This aspect makes COGKNOW not as restrictive as other existing services, which delimit a specific security area and whenever patients leave it they are considered to be in danger.

As it is known, Alzheimer is characterized by a progressive and irreversible damage of the brain functions, memory among them. Patients who suffer mild Alzheimer, sometimes, are not been able of reminding activities they had planned or how to carry out the daily tasks. COGKNOW provides a reminder service that will help these people enhancing their memory. While other currently available services exclusively notify and/or remind patients the events and activities they should do, COGKNOW besides interacts with the person. COGKNOW system allows the patient to reject or not the proposed activity, as well as personalize it by choosing among some options the one that appeals more to him/her at this moment. For example, if it is a patient’s relative birthday, COGKNOW will notify him/her about it and will give the option of phoning him or not.

Old person being huggedOn the other hand, although patients are affected by this ailment, carers and relatives also worry and attempt to get an environment as much favourable as possible for them. So, knowing these preferences, safety is a very valued and requested aspect by Alzheimer sufferers’ relatives. Over the last few decades, detection devices and alarm systems for health problems and safety have been developed for different diagnostic groups. On COGKNOW side, with a minimum intrusion of the person environment, it offers a set of services specially designed to guarantee and increase the security for both patients and their carers and relatives.

Among other exclusive characteristics COGKNOW has, the fact that Alzheimer sufferers can make their own decisions is a great innovation in the field of help systems to patients who suffer this disease. In that way, COGKNOW contributes to keep their independence when they have to do the daily activities life, which, as studies made by experts have disclosed, is an aspect that improves the well-being and boost the self-esteem of these people. All this, combined with the use of the latest technologies and the specific design of the services provided, turns COGKNOW into a great value system which, not only helps people with dementia to face up to their main needs, but also makes possible they lead a normal life daily

COGKNOW is funded by the European Comission within the IST-2005/2006-2.5.11 (Unit H3 - eInclusion) Contract #034025

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