‘New ways of communicating for Alzheimer patients’

Minimise the impact of neuro-degenerative diseases

Europe has a rapidly ageing population. Currently, 16% of the European population is over 65, and this figure is expected to reach 25% by 2030. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s are debilitating and largely untreatable conditions that are strongly linked with age.

Amongst these disorders, different forms of dementia are responsible for the greatest burden of disease, with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders affecting over 7 million people in Europe, and this figure is expected to double every 20 years as the population ages. By improving social care and structures available to assist patients, their families and health service providers, patients can receive optimum care at all stages of their illness.

How can we help Alzheimer’s patients and their families?

Ichò is an innovative company that aims to enhance ways of communicating for people with cognitive problems due to diseases like Alzheimer’s . Ichó is a ball that reacts to outside influences like pressure, catching, stroking, and throwing. It reacts with signals such as coloured light, vibration, music, and sounds, all aimed at stimulating the user’s motor skills and cognitive function.

With an inspiring event in the Knights’ Hall in The Hague on 24 April, we kicked off the joint development of shared purposes to take on global challenges. Do you think that the solution of Ichó can actively contribute to our shared purpose of minimizing the impact of neuro-degenerative diseases, taking care of Alzheimer’s patients and let them reconnect with their family and caretakers?

Then let us know how we can try to help Ichó reach that goal and if you can be a part of that development. Share this post and your thoughts using the hashtag #IdeasfromEU, tweet us or visit our website: ideasfrom.eu

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