Editor’s word: Anne-Christine Hertz is a Swedish inventor who works at Health Technology Centre of Halland. Today, she shares a narrative of how the Centre used Street View to invent a tool that helps aged with Alzheimer’s.

A number of weeks in the past I met 75-year-old Lars Jonsson and his spouse Ingrid. They married when Lars was 40 and have lived a cheerful, fulfilling life collectively. Lars additionally suffers from dementia.

Every three seconds somebody develops dementia, a situation that creates incapacity and dependency amongst many aged, robbing them of reminiscence and judgment. It’s not solely overwhelming and aggravating for these struggling, but in addition their family members. It was robust on Ingrid when her husband out of the blue had bother recalling the reminiscences they’d spent a lifetime creating.

We met Lars and Ingrid once they got here to check a tool we invented to enhance the lives of dementia sufferers. It’s known as BikeAround, and it pairs a stationary bike with Google Street View projected on a giant display screen to take sufferers on a digital trip down reminiscence lane, letting them pedal round a spot they’ve visited up to now. As Lars sat within the saddle, Ingrid urged we take him again to the town and church during which they obtained married. Lars’s face flickered with happiness because the church rose up earlier than him. The expression on his spouse’s face when she knew for certain that he remembered was heartwarming

The growth of the BikeAround system, which is now owned by well being care firm Camanio Care, began again in 2010 at Health Technology Center in Halland, Sweden. We had been conducting analysis on dementia, and seen folks dwelling with the illness got totally different entry to bodily exercise relying on which municipality they had been dwelling in. Since it’s typically really helpful that dementia sufferers carry out bodily actions to stimulate each bodily and psychological well being, this was a problem. We wished to discover a strategy to inspire the aged with dementia to train extra, in a protected and safe approach.

Dementia patient Bengt and his wife Laila test the BikeAround system.