The Use of Smart Tools for Combined Training of People with MCI: A Case Report
Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease affects more than 35 million people worldwide. The onset and the development of this pathological condition are generally subtle and progressively. Nevertheless, is often possible identifying some precursors symptoms of the disease. A nosographic entity, which describes this condition between healthy and pathological aging, is called Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Over the last years, several new technologies are entering in the field of medicine and neuropsychology, especially, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). Today ICT are more and more being recognized as a valid instrument for assessment, treatment, and assistance of subjects who are suffering from MCI. This paper reports two case studies about the use of two new technological tools for the cognitive assessment and stimulation of elderly healthy people or subjects suffering from MCI. This study purpose is to investigate the peculiarities, in terms of cognitive performances, highlighted by the use of these smart systems, namely SmartWalk and SmartTapestry system.
KeywordsNeuropsychological assessment Cognitive stimulation Mild cognitive impairment Information and communication technology
The authors thank the clinical team (Marco Timpano Sportiello, Stefania Tocchini, Luca Tommasini, Cristiana Parrini, Chiara Rossi, Ilenia Natola, Aleksandra Podgorska) of Laboratory of Neuropsychology of Pontedera (USL nordovest Toscana) for their clinical support during the protocol definition and during the experimentation phase.
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