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AXA, The Sunday Times' cycling tech helps dementia patients 'travel the world'

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AXA and The Sunday Times have launched a new video highlighting how technology is helping dementia patients to take part in exercise and improve their cognitive ability.

As part of its partnership with News UK, the insurance firm and newspaper's film show the benefits of the cycling initiative Motiview, created by eldercare specialists Motitech.

Motiview allows elderly people and those with dementia to take a virtual bike tour in locations around the world, as well as familiar places such as patients’ hometowns sparking their memories.

The set up includes an exercise bike placed in front of a screen which shows the route as if the patient is cycling in real-time. The result has not only improved mobility for patients, but also bettered self-efficacy, social interaction, strength and balance, sleep and decreased pain.

 

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The footage includes Aparito and Cognetivity, winners of the Innovation in the early Diagnosis of Dementia category at last year’s AXA Health Tech & You Awards.

Aparito is a wearable device that provides remote monitoring of dementia patients outside of the hospital environment. The continued monitoring provides real-time data for clinicians to capture subtle differences in ambulation and sleeping patterns, which can’t be conveyed during short clinic visits.

Meanwhile, Cognetivity is a five-minute integrated cognitive assessment (ICA) tool able to detect the earliest signs of impairment by testing the performance of large areas of the brain. The ICA is easy to administer and, through utilising artificial intelligence, continuously improves its ability to diagnose as it gathers new data.

 

 

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