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Study Puts Wearable Sensors As A Tool Detecting Alzheimer’s Disease Early

The recent study published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has proved that the wearable sensors can act as a tool to detect the Alzheimer’s disease.

The recent study on Alzheimer’s disease has revealed that the identification of the clinical biomarkers, such as changes in the characteristics of walking and the person’s behavior, plays an important role in the early detection of dementia.

The study has revealed that the use of low-cost wearable sensors, which access the walking patterns, may help detect the Alzheimer’s disease in its early stage. It can also be a great tool to monitor the progress of the disease comparatively in an economical way.

The research published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease has disclosed that the use of wearable sensors can help to access the changes in the person’s walking patterns. These sensors can be used for uninterrupted monitoring of the gait in everyday activities. This is home-based monitoring technique benefitting the patients and clinical management systems, which will increase the efficiency of the clinical trials at an affordable price.

Lynn Rochester, professor at Newcastle University in the U.K., asserted that these wearable sensors have the capability to change the research on dementia. The use of these sensors at home or in the clinics can lead to a step forward in the process of data collection.

About 20 patients with the early signs of Alzheimer’s disease were involved in the research study. Each of them was instructed to wear a small sensor on their lower back. Some walking tasks were carried out in the laboratory. Then, they were allowed to go home with the sensors and asked to carry out their everyday tasks as usual. Experts have concluded that it is practically possible to review the quantitative gait characteristics both in the clinic and at home, with the patients showing symptoms of the Alzheimer’s disease with body-worn sensors.

The Alzheimer’s Society has revealed that the medical conditions such as diabetes, stroke, heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and obesity can lead to the increased risk of the Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia.