Technology developed by Midland-based Ambient Activity is making a profound impact on dementia patients in long-term-care facilities throughout the province.
“Our focus is to develop non-pharmaceutical, activity-based approaches to managing agitated behaviours in long-term care (facilities),” said Marc Kanik, managing director of Ambient Activity.
The local company partnered with the University of Toronto and six long-term-care facilities to develop ABBY — an interactive touch-screen unit, which engages dementia patients by triggering memories.
“It is really a quality-of-life issue. People living with cognitive impairments exhibit aggressive behaviours and it is a significant challenge in long-term care,” said Kanik.