Subjective Cognitive Decline
She was diagnosed just over a year ago. Even before the doctor uttered the words, we all knew. She knew.
Meals were often skipped as time evaded her and the cooking process became all too challenging.
Familiar daily walks in the neighborhood with her dog often ended with a call to her partner who thankfully knew her route, found her and brought them home safely.
Tasks that were once simple and done by rote, became complicated and never ending.
The decline was gradual yet at the same time sudden.
In a panic we all tried to figure out ways to help her better manage, to support her, to keep her safe.
We did the best we could; using resources we already knew, ones that were familiar to us.
How can Olli help people with Alzheimer’s or other dementias?
Dementia describes a group of symptoms affecting memory, thinking and social-abilities severely enough to interfere with daily life. It isn't a specific disease, but several different diseases may cause dementia.
Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of progressive dementia in older adults, but there are several causes of dementia. It is a progressive disorder, meaning that the symptoms become more intense and noticeable with time. People who suffer from dementia may be highly functioning at first, but they may need assistance in their day to day activities as the disorder progresses.
Olli provides tools that allow people who suffer from dementia to follow through their schedules and routines. It notifies when a task is about to start, and then breaks down the steps necessary to accomplish the task, making it easier to complete for the user. It can award points for the successful completion of the task, incorporating elements of game play into the routine, a novel approach called gamification.
Olli is equipped with an array of sensors that can track health parameters(bio-metrics) and locations through GPS. This gives the device the ability to record health information, sharing it with healthcare providers, and to act as a fitness tracker that builds healthy habits. The GPS tracking functionality allows the caregiver to create alerts based on proximity (arriving or leaving a place), and track the person’s location in real-time. If a user is showing signs of agitation, Olli’s sensors can detect the onset of the episode and alert the caregivers. And in case of emergency, Olli has an SOS function that allows the user to ask for help.
People with dementia may need assistance with their medication schedules, their self-care, and their ability to communicate their health issues. All the features that are embedded in Olli have been carefully designed to provide a better quality of life for users in this varied set of personal circumstances and peace of mind for their caretakers.