Using High-Tech to help with Parkinson’s Disease

We are living in a world of high technology where we use High-Tech almost every day to make our daily lives easier. From a recent webinar on Insight 2020, the president of with World Federation of Occupational Therapists Marilyn Pattison has suggested different ways to use High-Tech to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s Disease.

The Benefits of High-tech in Parkinson’s Disease

It can increase independence in life, increase efficiency in different daily tasks, increase confidence in daily living and decrease the burden for caregivers.

Smart Cane

On top of giving physical support to the user, Smart cane is able to track and sense user’s movements by having a built-in gyroscope and accelerometer. The AI system can then gather a user’s habits and movement data to analyse changes in gait pattern and activity level. It also has built-in alert system which is used to alert caregiver in case of falls or emergencies.

Smart Phone APPs

Different apps can also help with self-care in Parkinson’s Disease. For example, setting up reminders for medications, Using games like puzzles or riddles for brain training, setting up exercises reminder and programs.

SMART Home

With SMART home setup, getting around at home can be easier and safer. For example, Smart video doorbells can show who is at the door and communicate before people getting in, Lights can be turned on or off with a gesture and simple voice command, Smart Speakers can call for help via voice command in case of emergencies.

My Rehab Team Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists are able to prescribe different assistive equipments for people with Parkinson’s Disease. Contact us on 1300 469 734 or info@myrehabteam.com.au for more information.

Source:
Pattison M. (Producer). (2020). Occupational Therapy- High touch in a high tech world [Video webinar]. Retrieved from https://insight2020.vfairs.com/en/hall#topics-tab