January 18, 2016
‘What Happens in Vegas Changes Lives’
That tagline helped fill a hotel ballroom with Consumer Electronics Show delegates looking to learn how technology can be enlisted in Alzheimer’s research and the fight against Alzheimer’s Disease.
Alzheimer’s Research Aided by New Technology
Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, Director of the Las Vegas-based Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, was the leading medical expert at the panel discussion. He said great strides toward treatment are being made, but optimism for the future is not enough.
“We’re making progress on developing new therapies, but those new therapies are a decade away,” he said. “So we have to be disruptive by using technology in caring for patients now.”
“Advances in imaging techniques are a major part of that progress,” Dr. Cummings said.
“We have new kinds of brain imaging that are showing us the biology of the disease in a way that we’ve never seen it before. We can see the biology and how the impact of our treatment is beginning to work on that biology.”
Thanks to continued improvements in Alzheimer’s research, new tools are allowing many more of the nation’s 5.5 million Alzheimer’s patients to remain in familiar settings longer. “We allow patients to stay home by using ‘smart homes’ and other innovative technological resources to allow them to enjoy the benefits of their remaining cognitive resources,” Dr. Cummings said.
As the relationship changes from the user having to know the technology to the technology knowing the user, patients and caregivers can see their lives and brain health improve.
“Integration of technology throughout our homes and lives will bring better care, less stress, and more peace of mind,” said Dr. Cummings. “Better days are ahead.”
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