app-alzheimerThere are more than 800 thousand people with Alzheimer’s disease in Mexico and 30 cases per one thousand inhabitants are registered, according to data from the National Institute of Geriatrics.

Current therapies to stop the development of this disease are based on tests conducted in hospitals, which are difficult to carry out in the case of elders. To face situation, a student National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) developed a computer program that allows the patient to continue treatment at home.

Itzel Irais Montiel Bernal, a student at the IPN School of Computing, created an attractive program that is manipulated from any electronic device such as tablet or smartphone with Android operating system.

She mentioned that medical treatment to stop the progress of Alzheimer’s disease has better results when accompanied by daily stimulation therapy. However, this involves expenses; and considering the disease occurs in ten percent of 65-year-old adults and older, who find mobility difficult, many people abandon therapy. Therefore, the IPN development represents a comfortable and affordable alternative.

The prototype consists of a series of exercises that stimulate the mental areas affected, including orientation, memory, language, reasoning and attention.

The purpose is that the patient will respond properly to the exercises at the first opportunity, if not, the program sends a clue to help the user find the answer. When the user succeeds, a congratulatory message is displayed and it moves to the next exercise,” Montiel Bernal explained.

The application has 20 exercises and ensures the patient performs the exercises. The software is developed to alert the user if the daily therapy was performed already or not; and is automatically synchronized with the doctor’s computer to indicate the results of the exercise, the time the user took to complete it, and the progress achieved.

The innovation has the advice of specialists from the National Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery and professors Ulises Velez Saldaña and Rocio Resendiz Muñoz.

 

Source: La Jornada