Chapter 31: Continuous, Unobtrusive Monitoring for the Assessment of Cognitive function
Misha Pavel & Holly Jimison & Tamara Hayes & Jeffrey Kaye & Eric Dishman & Katherine Wild & Devin Williams
Continuous, unobtrusive monitoring for the assessment of cognitive function The ability to assess the cognitive state of an individual is important for both clinical care and for our understanding of the neurological underpinning of cognitive function. Furthermore, understanding changes associated with aging and disease is a critical component of care for the aging populations of the world. Cognitive functioning is one of the key prerequisites for living independently and, as such, it is one of the main determinants of care for elders. Early detection and better prediction of future cognitive decline would enable earlier, perhaps more beneficial treatment as well as preparations for adjustments in care. New methods in unobtrusive monitoring of cognitive performance in a home environment offer the possibility of detecting trends and changes in performance in a natural setting. This reduces the delay and expense associated with current cognitive assessment methods used in clinical practice. The use ...