Smart sensors to test seniors' cognitive functions

The study is noteworthy given Singapore's rapidly ageing population and the growing number of elderly diagnosed with dementia, says its co-principal investigator Tan Hwee Pink. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI
The study is noteworthy given Singapore's rapidly ageing population and the growing number of elderly diagnosed with dementia, says its co-principal investigator Tan Hwee Pink. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Researchers track memory, movements and sleep patterns to identify any impairment

A team of researchers has found a novel and promising way to gauge seniors' cognitive functions - without testing them through conventional methods - by using a network of sensors to track their memory, movements and sleep patterns over a period of time.

In about seven out of 10 cases, they correctly identified the seniors who had been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, based on data generated by the sensors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 01, 2020, with the headline 'Smart sensors to test seniors' cognitive functions'. Print Edition | Subscribe