Longitude Prize on Dementia: new research on use of technology to help people and families affected by dementia
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Poll indicates that more than two-thirds (67%) of GPs in the UK would like to be able to prescribe assistive technologies to their patients when they are diagnosed with dementia.

Conducted by the Longitude Prize on Dementia, which is funded by Alzheimer’s Society and Innovate UK, and delivered by Challenge Works, the poll set out to understand the appetite amongst primary care doctors for the use of technology in helping people and families affected by dementia.

Findings of the research include:

  • 88% believe that people living with dementia who can live in their own homes will live more fulfilling lives.
  • 77% believe that people living with dementia will live longer if they can remain in their own homes.
  • 87% believe the majority of their patients with early-stage dementia would benefit from technology that was designed for their condition.

Dame Louise Robinson, GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing, Newcastle University said: “Technology, especially if it is used as part of a package of person-centred support, can help people with dementia live at home longer, which is the ultimate goal.”

Kate Lee, CEO of Alzheimer’s Society stated: “It’s exciting that soon we may have potential new treatments that could slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease, but alongside this we need to urgently push forward ways of helping people with dementia right now.  We believe tech involving people with dementia, for people with dementia, can be a key way of doing this.”

To learn more about the findings of this research, visit Alzheimer’s Society.

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