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In order to raise awareness and challenge the stigma around dementia, an international campaign has made September 2020 the 9th World Alzheimer Month.
As demographic change is happening all around us, the number of people suffering from Alzheimer will increase year by year. In order to help people living with dementia to be more independent, the AAL Programme developed several products and services to improve quality of life.
Care robots are designed to support (not replace) human caregivers. One of those care robots is the AAL project eWare that assist caregivers in reducing levels of stress.
Moreover, the AAL project ReMIND encourages physical exercise, stimulates memory and connects their users with the caregivers.
Dementia-friendly communication tech:
Keeping in touch and communicating with loved ones is a vital part of well-being. Therefore the AAL project Sense-Garden creates garden-like spaces which are adapted to dementia patient’s personal memories. By triggering past memories the device improves people´s ability to communicate with family and caregivers.
The project MI-Tale is also triggering memories by using interactive games.
Home monitoring technologies:
The CARU smart sensor is a device that helps people with dementia stay in contact with family and care services while living at home instead of full-time care homes. It supports people in their daily lives and in emergency situations it is able to alert support services or family members.
The MedGUIDE is a digital platform that collects information from local care networks and supports seniors with their medication intake through smart pill boxes and social networking.
The AAL project MEMENTO improves the quality of life for people with dementia. It supports people during daily activities by having reminders, an interactive digital calendar or sharing memories.
The 2PCS project is a device that connects elderly people with their caregivers and allows users to go outside without having the risk of getting lost. With a built-in alert button caregivers can also be contacted in case of an emergency.
Find out more information about technologies that help people living with dementia here.