Posted on
May 15, 2024

Novel Technological Approaches for Detection of Cognitive and Functional Impairment

In the recent MassAITC webinar "Novel Technological Approaches for Detection of Cognitive and Functional Impairment," Dr. Kate Papp, who serves as assistant professor at Harvard Medical School, clinical neuropsychologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and co-lead of AD/ADRD Pilot Core at MassAITC, introduced Drs. Erik Larsen, Jennifer Stamps, and Michael Milburn. Each presenter shared insights from their pilot projects funded by MassAITC that aim at integrating technology into the diagnosis and monitoring of cognitive and functional decline. Dr. Larsen discussed a vocal biomarker platform that could improve detection and monitoring of cognitive impairments, emphasizing its potential integration into everyday devices like hearing aids. Dr. Stamps presented a VR fitness platform tailored for older adults to assess and enhance cognitive and physical functions remotely. Lastly, Dr. Milburn introduced the Druid Impairment App, designed to assess senior adults' driving capabilities, highlighting its accuracy in detecting impairment caused by various factors such as alcohol and fatigue. The session concluded with a vibrant Q&A, demonstrating the impactful possibilities of these technological solutions in addressing cognitive and functional impairments.

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