The Kintell devices have been specially designed to help reduce Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and lower your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
What is Alzheimers?
Dementia is the umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders; it is often characterised by a failing memory and difficulty concentrating, but it can manifest as other characteristic behavioural changes. Alzheimer’s disease the most common form of Dementia, Alzheimer’s is caused by protein build up in the brain which form ‘plaques’ and ‘tangles’ inhibiting the connections between nerve cells and eventually causing the death of cells and a loss of functioning brain tissue.
What is Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)
Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) can be frustrating for the sufferer and their family, however, it should not be severe enough to impact their capability to live normally and complete usual activities. Having MCI does not necessarily mean that you will go on to develop Dementia, though the risk is significantly higher for those who do have MCI. Many people who suffer from mild cognitive impairment will never experience any further decline and a few will even improve their symptoms.
Although there are no medications specifically approved to treat Mild Cognitive Impairment, some Alzheimer’s drugs (cholinesterase inhibitors) are currently being used to reduce symptoms of memory loss. However, these medications are not recommended for routine treatment for MCI.
Making changes to your lifestyle is often the best way to treat Mild Cognitive Impairment. Below is a list of things recommended by doctors to reduce and improve the symptoms of MCI, reducing your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
- Eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in fat
- Get regular physical exercise
- Take care of your heart health – eating well, exercising and getting more omega-3 fatty acids is great for your heart and may also help protect your cognitive health
- Puzzles and memory training
- Be social – interacting with other people is great for our mental health as well as being good for our brains, meeting new people or having interesting conversations keep our brains active and healthy.
- Stimulate your brain – there are more things you can do than staying social that work wonders for your brain. Reading fascinating articles or even watching documentaries that get you thinking are great for maintaining brain health.
How Kintell helps:
According to current research, 1 in 3 cases of Alzheimer’s disease can be prevented with lifestyle changes and there are currently no medications specifically approved to treat Mild Cognitive Impairment; health professionals often just recommend simple lifestyle changes to treat and prevent MCI. Kintell helps you make these positive lifestyle changes by measuring your brain health and providing personalised habit programs to improve your health. In addition to this, the devices also allow you to track your brain health over time to see how you improve or know when things change.
The cognitive assessment software that the devices use is currently only available to professionals outside the UK, but Kintell wants to give people the tools to monitor their own cognitive health and support them as they improve or maintain it.