Intelligent Assistive Technologies – intelligent assistive technologies
Intelligent assistive technologies for dementia should include those suffering with dementia, caregivers, healthcare workers and charity stakeholders – so these tools can help people to stay in their homes longer.
According to a punishment by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers ‘Engineering and Dementia: The Use of Intelligent Assistive Technologies, the number of dementia sufferers will double by 2040. These intelligent assistive technologies can be beneficial because of the scope of assistance they offer is expanding.
There has unfortunately not been enough research done concerning development and systematic deployment of these digital tools to support patients and caregivers. The report calls for a new regulatory framework that sees to improve faster and robust research.
The IATs need to be compatible with a wide range of symptoms and adaptability to the condition is vital as it is a progressive one. These include voice control of communication devices such as phones, Medicine dose reminders and GPS and sensor type technologies for tracking lost individuals.
Visiting Professor at the University, Graham Isaac had this to say about the report:
“The introduction of these technologies to support dementia patients and their carers poses some significantly different and potentially unique challenges compared with other healthcare technologies”
The reports recommends that by 2019 there should be a Dementia Technology Advisory set up to oversee and define the development, specification and introduction of ethically-sound and effective technology.
Dementia isn’t a specific condition, it’s a term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in memory or other cognitive skills. These are severe symptoms that interfere with an individual’s daily tasks.
Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60 to 80 percent of such vases while the second most common is Vascular dementia which occurs after a stroke. There are many other conditions that cause symptoms of dementia such as thyroid problems and vitamin deficiencies.