January 14, 2016

CES Features Ways Technology Can Ease Burden for AD Patients

Gary_Shapiro_475x300By Dr. Kate Zhong

Every January a time machine visits Las Vegas.

The huge Consumer Electronics Show showcases tomorrow’s technology months and sometimes years, before it reaches the market. While much attention surrounds the latest gadgets, the show features a large and growing healthcare presence that will benefit the Healthy Brains community.

Gary Shapiro, President and CEO of the Consumer Technology Association and the producer of CES, lost his mother to Alzheimer’s and spoke passionately about the ways her life could have been improved by technology.

“My mom got Alzheimer’s and she suffered from it for 15 years before she passed,” he said in his keynote address. “In that time she started not recognizing people. I would have given anything for facial recognition technology that would have helped her or for technology that would have tracked her when she wandered away. These are important things.”

As our society ages, we will rely more and more on technology to help take care of our seniors. This will allow them to live healthier, more independent lives, while also providing peace of mind to their loved ones.

With CES taking place less than three miles from our offices, the staff at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health took advantage of the opportunities to walk the floor, attend breakouts, and meet new allies in the fight against memory loss. Our Director, Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, was a featured speaker who encouraged the tech community to develop better products with technology for Alzheimer’s sufferers and their caregivers.

Having so many ingenious products and intelligent people attend CES right in our backyard each year inspires us all and should give hope to everyone.

Dr. Zhong is Senior Director of Clinical Research and Development for the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.