For Persons with Dementia
As we all live longer, more of us will develop dementia in our older years (current figures point towards 10% of the population over 65 years of age). New knowledge and techniques are helping doctors detect signs of the disease earlier than ever before. An earlier diagnosis gives people and their families more time to get the right treatment and to plan for the future. Technology also is helping out with solutions that support the person and alleviate the symptoms thus improving the quality of life.
The Cogknow Day Navigator is a complete assistive system for persons with mild dementia, giving them increased independence, while relieving their carers from always having to be around to support physically. The system is made up of a mobile component that is portable and can be taken everywhere, and a stationary part that is installed in the home environment, thus making it a more safe and secure place. Our vision is that persons with mild dementia (PwDs) should be able to take part in society without being seen as very different, just using a bit more cognitive support than the rest of us who use calendars and other memory aids.
The European research project COGKNOW has already performed field tests with 42 persons suffering from mild dementia in the UK, the Netherlands and Sweden, and the Cogknow Day Navigator was judged as useful both by the PwDs and their informal carers, especially the reminding funcitonality, picture dialling, appliance control and the mobile component. Most test users said that CDN was user friendly, easy to operate and simple to understand.
Cogknow Day Navigator will be available commercially in 2012.