A wristband with sensors may improve the lives of dementia patients.
Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Berlin, Germany have developed a sensor and software package that tracks patients with developing dementia. The sensor is encased in a wristband and tracks the disease progression in the patient. It measures the patient’s vital signs, environmental data, and physical activity. This data is combined with information from the family and the patient’s healthcare team and thereby provides ongoing guidance. The wristband measures heart rate, heart rate variability, body temperature, and electrical skin resistance that indicates sweating. It also measures the surrounding temperature, brightness and noise levels, as well as wrist movement. Think of it as a turbocharged Fitbit.
Wristband: Dementia Statistics:
An estimated 5.7 million Americans suffer from dementia. Dementia (Alzheimer’s) symptoms strike senior citizens between the ages of 65 to 82 years of age. Dementia progressively worsens and places huge burden on patients’ families.
Caring for dementia patients is a huge challenge for their families and their health teams, as real time data is not available. Real time data allows for ongoing diagnosis and thereby better care for the patient. The health care team can better manage the disease progression.
Wristband: How it Monitors The Dementia Patient
The wristband system measures vital signs, such as heart rate and body temperature, heart rate variability and skin resistance. It also records outdoor temperature, brightness and volume level. In addition, the wristband tracks patients’ movement patterns.
For example, if a patient hardly moves at all anymore, or no longer leaves his or her home, this suggests that the dementia is progressing. This data is transmitted via a mobile app to everyone involved in the patient’s care and immediate appropriate action can be taken.
This wristband measurement system enhances patient care and improves cooperation between family and caregivers. If a patients falls, detection is immediate and help is on the way.
Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease currently have no cure, but anything that can extend the quality of life for these patients is a huge benefit. The wristband is a very positive step in that direction.
Wristband: June Is Dementia Awareness Month
We blogged earlier this week that June is designated as Alzheimer’s Awareness Month. Serendipity indeed that this wristband announcement to monitor dementia comes out this week.
Split Rock Rehabilitation Center provides skilled and compassionate nursing care for patients suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Patients receive individualized care. In addition, our facility provides familiarity with safety and security.
Activities and daily assisted living focuses on helping residents using and strengthening their skills sets. Residents engage in specific activities that also help to stimulate their memory and to build ongoing friendships among the staff and other residents.