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Volunteers needed! New devices will test cognitive health

Written by Age Space

Changing the way we care for our cognitive health

Our friends at Kintell, a Cambridge-based startup that builds technology to support older people as they age independently, have produced a device that can assess and improve cognitive health –  the ability to clearly think, learn, and remember.

They are looking for testers in the UK (Cambridge/Essex/London areas) aged 60-plus to try out their new devices. 

 

Reducing the risk

The Kintell devices have been specially designed to help reduce Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and lower the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

According to current research, one in three cases of Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented with lifestyle changes. There are currently no medications specifically approved to treat Mild Cognitive Impairment. Health professionals often just recommend simple lifestyle changes to treat and prevent MCI. Kintell helps make these positive lifestyle changes by measuring your brain health and providing personalised habit programmes.

The devices also allow you to track your brain health over time to see how you improve or know when things change.

The cognitive assessment software that the devices use is currently only available to professionals outside the UK, but Kintell wants to give people the tools to monitor their own cognitive health and support them as they improve or maintain it.

Volunteers needed

Kintell is looking for volunteers to take part in a 3-stage-testing programme. Firstly, volunteers will be asked to complete a five-minute survey about cognitive health, then a 10-minute cognitive assessment where an app will ask them simple questions like: ‘What did you do yesterday?’ or: ‘What does the sky look like today?’ The volunteer will reply with their voice. Their voice will then be assessed for cognitive ability and they will receive a baseline score.

From there, they will be given a set of Kintell devices to live with in their homes for two to three days with personalised habit programmes to help improve their health. After the testing period, volunteers will complete the cognitive assessment again to see if there has been any improvement, they’ll also be asked for feedback, so Kintell can improve their technology and make it as user-friendly as possible.

Sign up

Testing will commence the week beginning 11 March 2019. If you’re interested in testing with Kintell then go to https://kintellhome.com/sign-up/ to secure your place today.

A choir group in Surrey has been involved in every stage of the process so far. They have tested four prototypes.

“It’s been really enlightening as to what can actually be done. I never dreamed in my wildest dreams that you could get a device that was going to do all the things that you have now achieved” – Trevor

“It’s been extremely interesting and I’m glad you’ve allowed me to contribute towards it. I’m sure it’s going to be great success”. – Trevor

“What you’re doing is splendid.” – Dorothea

“For me, because I’d never come across anything [with voice interaction], and I’m not into tech stuff, I found the procedure very enlightening. I found it most interesting. This whole journey has been a great experience for me. Taught me to not be quite so afraid of technical advances.” – June

“The earlier it’s introduced, the more of a habit it will become. You’d have one installed, you [set it to how] you want and it becomes part of your life” – Colin

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