The project “Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia – a reaction to demographic change” (SENDA) that is run jointly by the labs Sports Psychology,cvMovement Sciences, Digital Signal Processing and Circuit Technology and Analysis at the Chemnitz University of Technology is running from August 2017 until July 2020.
Dementia-induced changes set in long before the manifestation of clinical symptoms, such as difficulty finding words or memory impairments. Current research indicates that changes in the motor system (e.g. subliminal changes in gait) can be observedc at very early stages of dementia, often before the occurrence of cognitive deficits.
The aim of the project “Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia” (SENDA) is to identify factors in the area of movement (e.g. gait, balance, fine motor skills) and sensory perception (e.g. sensitivity at the finger tips), which can be early indicators of the development of dementia. As a first step, systematic knowledge and tools for diagnosis of dementia-induced changes that go beyond a pure cognitive diagnosis were compiled. This systematic compilation serves as a basis for various focal points of the project, such as further development of the diagnostic tools, especially in the area of motor and sensory perception and evaluation of their efficacy within a sequence-approach. A multidimensional diagnostic tool for early detection of dementia will help people affected to receive early care. This way, healthcare resources for people at risk can be maintained for longer, resulting in the ability to continue living independently. As a consequence the burden on the health system will be sustainably decreased.
The project is carried out in cooperation between the work unit Neuromotor behavior and exercise at the WWU (Prof. Dr. Claudia Voelcker-
Rehage) and the professorships Movement Sciences (Prof. Dr. Thomas L. Milani), Digital Signal Processing and Circuit Technology (Prof. Dr.-Ing. Gangolf Hirtz) and Analysis (Prof. Dr. Peter Stollmann) at the Chemnitz University of Technology. The early career researcher group is funded by ESF.
This study named “Sensor-based systems for early detection of dementia (SENDA)” is funded by the European Social Fund and the Sächsische AufbauBank - Förderbank of the Free State of Saxony.
Data collection in the project has already been completed.
Dr. Katrin Müller
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