Over the past year, scientists have been successful in tackling COVID-19, a previously unknown disease, and within a year developed effective new vaccines. On the other hand, Alzheimer’s disease was first officially discovered in November 1906, 115 years ago and there is currently still no cure for this disease.
Being the most common type of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease is known to be the most complex disease of the brain because it is influenced by a range of genetic and environmental factors and even scientists today still do not fully understand what causes the disease in most people.
Just within Singapore, an estimated 86,000 people may have dementia and this number is expected to soar to 130,000 or more by 2030.
To tackle cognitive decline due to ageing, Neeuro has invented the Neeuro SenzeBand which helps these individuals take control of their cognitive decline through specifically curated games on their mobile app. Neeuro’s solution is not a cure for Alzheimer’s but instead, a tool to help seniors take control of their brain health while being stimulated and engaged. Neeuro’s system also tracks and record brain signals which objectively illustrates the specific mental state of an individual. This portable EEG device could be helpful in determining certain courses of action through the data it receives. The role of EEG has also been demonstrated to be particularly useful in early detection and classification of dementia which eventually can help better manage the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
Another area for concern is that it is not uncommon for mental illnesses, particularly depression, to occur in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. Apart from continually stimulating the mind, the best defence that we have today against Alzheimer’s is to practice holistic healthy living. That means, eating right, exercising regularly, not procrastinating on our health problems, and remaining connected to our loved ones. An early diagnosis always helps, and caregivers of patients with dementia could also start to understand and consider the benefits of technology to improve their quality of life.
Neeuro, a Singapore-based company, that focusses on empowering minds to overcome brain health challenges through Artificial Intelligence and Digital Therapeutics. Neeuro’s vision is to empower people to live happier, healthier, and more productively through the use of neurotechnology and gamification. Founded by a team of technopreneurs, neuroscientists, data scientists and game specialists, Neeuro believes in seeking preventing methods rather than to find a cure.