WASHINGTON, DC—AARP kicked off its recent Dementia Care Technology and Innovation Forum in an inventive way, with a viewing of the musical, TANGLES. This musical by The New Theater of Medicine's, Jeffrey Allen Steiger (Artistic Director/Writer/Composer) and Dr. Charles Samenow (Program Manager) depicted the many complexities involved with caring for a loved one with dementia, and inspired a lively discussion on real world issues and challenges individuals with dementia and their caregivers face. This discussion was followed by two interactive panel discussions and a product pitch event focused on innovative technologies providing dementia care solutions.
“We wanted this forum to be different from the usual all-day lectures that many are accustomed to when they come to an event like this,” said Sarah Lock, AARP Senior Vice President, Policy, Research and International Affairs. “This unconventional setup allowed us to think more creatively about the issue of dementia care and the solutions that we can pursue.”
Several technology providers presented their solutions for dementia care at the Driving Action: Live Pitch session held at the end of the forum, which included pitches from:
- Constant Therapy: a science-based mobile continuous therapy tool for patients
- Emerald: an innovative home monitoring system that can detect falls, heart rate and other variables wirelessly
- Neurocern: a diagnostic tool to aid patients and clinicians detect symptoms of dementia
- SingFit: a music therapy product that helps improve cognitive health and provides physical stimulation
- Swedish Care International: a mobile app resource for early evaluation with ways to slow dementia
- WindowMirror: a mobile memory aid application that helps people with dementia remember important names, relationships and other important information
The judges for the Live Pitch included Stephen Johnson, Aging. 2.0; Myriam Marquez, National Alzheimer’s Project Act (NAPA) Advisory Council; Katherine Rosa, JP Morgan Chase, and Lynn Feinberg, AARP. Each judge offered a different perspective on the technology providers and several companies were called out as judge favorites. However, SingFit came out as the winner of the popular/audience vote as the product with the most potential.
For more information on what AARP is doing to solve dementia care challenges, please visit: http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/
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