Use of CognICA in community settings to support healthy ageing within a senior population: Cognetivity’s collaboration with Lions Befrienders
As the elderly population grows, routine cognitive assessment for seniors is becoming increasingly important. Cognitive assessment can help identify seniors who may be at risk for cognitive decline, which, if unchecked, can have serious consequences on their well-being. By assessing and monitoring the cognitive health of seniors, it is possible to provide them with better healthcare, measure the impact of treatments, and improve their quality of life. These programs can also help prevent or delay the onset of irreversible brain deterioration, including dementia.
Lions Befrienders (LB) has been established for more than 26 years and offers a wide range of services and programs to cater to the needs of their seniors in Singapore. In an effort to identify those who may be cognitively impaired and take the necessary interventions to try to improve their cognitive status, LB used Cognetivity’s AI-powered cognitive assessment platform, CognICA. CognICA is a 5-minute computerised cognitive test that can be used as an inexpensive cognitive screening and monitoring tool.
In 2020, close to 900,000 citizens aged 60 years and above – that is about 22.2% of the population – lived in Singapore. Although dementia is not a normal part of ageing, it tends to affect those above the age of 60. For most Singapore neighbourhoods, seniors make up 15% – 30% of the population. With more people projected to be living with dementia in the years ahead, Singapore as a nation has identified the need to prepare for the future. The preparation starts by having a wide range of services and programmes to cater to different requirements for its ageing population.
In line with this, LB partnered with Cognetivity Neurosciences on a project in which LB used CognICA to detect seniors at risk of developing dementia, deliver an active ageing program and interventions that help seniors to mentally and socially improve their lifestyle; and finally monitor the impact of such interventions and programs on cognitive health of the community.