Detection of challenging behaviors in advanced stages of dementia using accelerometry

Takeaway

  • Challenging behaviors in dementia can be identified and predicted using accelerometry with long-term recordings.

Why this matters

    Most individuals with dementia experience behavioral and psychological symptoms such as agitation, apathy and sleep problems, leading to extensive burden for caregivers. Recent evidence has shown that challenging behaviors in individuals with dementia can be detected using sensors. Detection of challenging behaviors could help to improve dementia care, reduce burden on caregivers and help to develop individually tailored interventions for individuals with dementia.