Philippa J. Clarke

A Mobile Informatics Solution to Aid in Memory

Research Project Description
Philippa J. Clarke, Jessica Finlay

This Fast Track SBIR project will develop an informatics system to assist people with memory impairment. AME Corp. will use a smartwatch to deliver real-time information to the person with the memory concern (PWMC). In this project people who are visiting the PWMC can use an app on their smartphone to automatically transmit pictures and information to the smartwatch worn by the PWMC they plan to visit.

Early stages of Alzheimer's and Alzheimer's related dementia often causes memory concerns. PWMCs often cannot match names with faces, or cannot recognize faces with a sure feeling of familiarity. PWMCs may have difficulty remembering the names of family members and friends, or may address them with a wrong name. They recognize the faces they see daily, such as a spouse or caregiver, but they may confuse visiting friends and grandchildren. The inability to remember names or relationships contributes to isolation and deeply affects their social lives.

Funding:
National Institutes of Health
(subcontract: UMN Con # 76027)

Funding Period: 8/1/2019 to 7/31/2020

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