Dementia: Statistics And Assistive Technology For It

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This is an interesting infographic that gives an overview of what Dementia is, lists some important stats about it, and also mentions some assistive technology that can help people who have Dementia be safe, communicate better, and enjoy leisurely activities.

Dementia infographic. text version below.

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 IMPORTANCE OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN DEMENTIA

“Assistive technology is any device or system that can assist people who have difficulties carrying out everyday activities.” AT DEMENTIA DEFINITION

UNDERSTANDING DEMENTIA

Dementia is an umbrella term for diseases and conditions that are characterized by a decline in a person’s memory or other thinking skills.

This affects a person’s ability to perform simple everyday activities.

It is caused by damage to neurons in a person’s brain.

These damaged neurons can no longer function at a normal level and may die.

This leads to changes in a person’s ability to think clearly, their behavior and their memory.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia.

ADVANCES IN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ARE IMPORTANT BECAUSE

DEMENTIA IS ON THE RISE WITH 7.7 MILLION NEW CASES OF DEMENTIA ANNUALLY

EVERY 4 SECONDS A NEW CASE OF DEMENTIA OCCURS SOMEWHERE IN THE WORLD

44.4 MILLION+ THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH DEMENTIA WORLDWIDE IN 2013

75.6 MILLION+ THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PREDICTED TO HAVE DEMENTIA WORLDWIDE BY 2030

135.5 MILLION THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE PREDICTED TO HAVE DEMENTIA WORLDWIDE BY 2050

PREDICTED REGIONAL INCREASE IN DEMENTIA

% INCREASE BY 2050

THE AMERICAS 248%
EUROPE 90%
AFRICA 345%
ASIA 226%

TYPES OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

COMMUNICATION DEVICES

Devices that can support communication.

EXAMPLES: Intercoms, Telephones

ORIENTATION & MEMORY AIDS

Devices that can act as memory prompts and reminders.

EXAMPLES: Noticeboards and Signs, Voice Recorders and Memo Minders, Item Locator Devices, Clocks and Calendars, Medication Reminders and Dispensers.

SAFETY MONITORS

Devices that can help improve safety in the home.

EXAMPLES: Cooker Cut-off, Exit Sensors, GPS Trackers, Activity Monitors, Fall Detectors, Alarm and Pager Units, Temperature Monitors, Flood Detectors, Gas, Carbon Monoxide, and Smoke Detectors

RECREATION & LEISURE

Devices that can help support and enable leisure activities.

EXAMPLES: Computer Aids, Talking Games, TV, Radio, and Music Controls, Talking Photo Albums, and Books for Dementia Patients

Source: Confessions of the Profession

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