Detecting and reducing anxiety through technology
People with dementia may feel confused and anxious in unfamiliar environments. If these symptoms of dementia are not addressed early, the symptoms may worsen and lead to aggression, depression and some may even leave unnoticed and threaten their own safety. Research suggests that there may be a link between level of pain experienced and distress responses.
Hospital environments, the waiting areas in particular, along with the journey there and back are likely to initiate such symptoms. We think that earlier detection of anxiety is needed to alert hospital staff and perhaps carers to support the drive towards timely non-drug management strategies, such as reassurance and diversion of attention. Any potential end-to-end solution will need to protect privacy, be seamless, non-intrusive and ideally a non-wearable technology.