At this current point in our history, we can’t prevent or cure Alzheimer’s…but can we predict it?
Thanks to some high-tech gadgets, some dedicated OHSU researchers and several volunteer research subjects, it just might be possible.
In yesterday’s Oregonian, we read about these ongoing efforts:
Research at the Oregon Center for Aging and Technology, or ORCATECH, a program at OHSU, indicates sensors, smartphones, computer links and other technology hold great promise for maintaining older adults’ quality of life. Technology can monitor health, track changes, remind elders to take medication, encourage social interaction, enable video-link doctor appointments and allow concerned family members to check on their parents.
OHSU’s researchers hope these efforts might allow physicians to respond quickly after decline is detected in its early stages.
It’s a pretty fascinating line of study. For those who want to learn more, a few resources: