As neuroscientists we study the brain at many different levels to better understand diseases that cause dementia, such as Alzheimer’s. Many of us spend most of our time in labs, studying dementia at a cellular level, trying to disentangle protein dysfunction and disruptions in neural networks. Werealise that dementia is a global epidemic with over 50 million people having been diagnosed worldwide, but oftentimes we lack a true understanding of what it means to be diagnosed with a disease such as Alzheimer’s. We struggle to comprehend how the disease will change life on a day-to-day basis, not only for the person diagnosed with dementia,but also their loved ones.
In 2016 we met Fred Walker at a neuroscience conference in Edinburgh. Fred isn’t a neuroscientist, he is an engineer, and he was giving a talk about how he used his professional skills to come up with
innovative solutions to take care of his wife, Joan, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Fred’s focus was to give Joan the best quality of life possible. This inspired us to go and seek a solution that could improve the quality of life of all those affected by dementia.
We believe that we can use our scientific knowledge and the technologies available to us to develop tools that can transform how people with dementia and their caregivers experience living with dementia.