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New device in development could help Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers

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Researchers in Roanoke, Virginia are developing a new high-tech sensory bracelet to help patients with Alzheimer's or other related
diseases.

The data is transmitted to a monitor thanks to a small watch-like device that could revolutionize treatment.

The device detects a patient's agitation before something happens.

Martha Anderson is a clinical team member at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. She says it's really important for people trying to take care of people with Alzheimer's disease or dementia to help understand what causes them to become upset or agitated.

Researchers from Carilion, University of Virginia and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University created this sensory tool.

It's now being tested by patients and their caregivers.

Using an app on their computer, the caregiver can read the patient’s condition such as heart rate, temperature and tracking indicators that contribute to the agitation.

Caregiver Connie Cooper said, "I learned to step back a little bit and not let myself become as involved in it as I once was."

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