iPhones and Apple watches can help identify signs of dementia

iPhones and Apple watches can help identify signs of dementia
Apple has partnered with pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly and health start up Evidation to determine whether data gathered from their iPhones and Apple watches can help determine early signs of dementia.

Apple partnered with these two companies to identify symptoms which can potentially save lives. Their research aims to look for cognitive impairments that can lead to illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.

15 authors are currently working on a publication, five from each company that is involved in the research.

“With this research, we looked at how everyday behavior data, such as those captured by iPhones, Apple Watches, and Beddit sleep monitors, may be effective in differentiating between individuals with mild cognitive impairment and early Alzheimer’s disease,” Evidation co-founder Christine Lemke told a news source.

Apple has been performing early stage tests for 12 weeks. The authors have found certain links between people who have dementia and how they use their devices. The people with symptoms of declined cognitive abilities type slower and less regularly than those who are no suffering from impaired cognitive abilities.

However, the researchers do believe that these findings have limitations which are the reason why any long term conclusions cannot be drawn.

Over 50 million people currently suffer from dementia, with over 10 million new patients suffering each year.