Feeling Cooped Up at Home? Download an App, Volunteer, Make a Difference.
In this current COVID-19 environment, where continued social distancing of 6 feet apart is encouraged to flatten the pandemic curve, most outdoor activities have gone virtual. From entertainment such as online comedy club acts, to exercise like chair workouts at home, to social gatherings like virtual happy hours there are myriad remote activities.
The Virtual Neuropsychologist
It comes as no surprise health and medical industries have followed suit to continue care for patients. While many now are finding new ways to provide telemedicine for patients staying home, Savonix has been an innovative leader in this sector for several years, even being called the virtual neuropsychologist before virtual became the new norm.
As the world’s only digital cognitive platform developed by neuropsychologists and decades of test history, Savonix assesses and monitors cognitive health anywhere and anytime.
Unlike traditional pen and paper tests, this means no visit to the clinic is required. All that is needed is a mobile device to download the app and some time to take a cognitive test. Available in English, Chinese, and Japanese (with Spanish in the future), Savonix Mobile assesses brain function across more than 12 domains including memory and attention. Participants also receive a comprehensive report of their brain wellness after the assessment. Cognitive assessments are recommended so patients have a baseline, and any future changes in the brain can be detected earlier.
The number of global COVID-19 cases and deaths reported by the World Health Organization continue to rise exponentially. With lockdowns and shelters-in-place enforced locally and globally, many are staying home and only going out for essentials such as groceries, which can be taxing mentally and physically in the long run.
At Savonix, we empower people and organizations to support a brain-healthy lifestyle. We advocate monitoring cognition, exercising, eating a healthy diet, social interaction, and getting enough sleep to help prevent cognitive decline. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, that call to take charge of our lifestyle has never been stronger as we remain indoors and experience longer isolation periods.
These can be anxious times as the future is filled with uncertainties. To keep our brains healthy, it is important to decrease stressors, and to look after ourselves and the older adults around us too. As a company that is entrenched in work fighting Alzheimer’s and other dementia, we know all too well the importance of caregivers in looking after dementia patients during the outbreak and how stressful it can be.
Whether a caregiver, a patient, or just feeling stressed from the COVID-19 situation, we share self-care and coping recommendations from the CDC:
Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
Make time to unwind. Try to do activities you enjoy.
Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Call your healthcare provider if stress gets in the way of your daily activities for several days in a row.
Volunteer from Home
As the situation rapidly evolves every day and social distancing is prolonged, many are beginning to feel cooped up at home and are finding ways they can contribute to the greater good of the community. There is a call for volunteers to check-in on seniors who may feel lonely, stories of people sewing masks for healthcare workers, or running solo to raise money for charities. Many are donating money or time to help out. If you’re looking for another way to help the community while you are at home, we invite you to join in our fight against dementia.
Boston University School of Public Health and Savonix have partnered to look into brain health and lifestyle factors of about 400,000 participants over three years. Previous studies have looked at smaller groups and non-Hispanic white groups. Called the ASSIST Study, this is the largest study of its kind and will focus on diverse populations.
How Can You Help?
If you’re 22 years and older, have a mobile device and about 45 minutes to take a test, you can make a difference (your health status does not matter). It’s a great and easy way to volunteer and make a big impact in the comfort and safety of your own home!
How to join the study.
Why Should You Join the Assist Study?
Currently, more than 50 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with dementia. Unfortunately, there is no cure or treatment. By taking part in the ASSIST study, you will help scientists better understand how the brain functions at all ages. The study includes how behaviors like sleep and exercise and other health conditions affect our cognitive health. This information can help researchers develop therapies and drugs to target memory loss and move us closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Click here for our FAQs.
Remain Connected and Stay Safe
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Find ways to help others and remain connected with friends, colleagues, and neighbors. Stay safe and healthy out there.
For more information about the ASSIST Study, to volunteer, or about brain health, contact us.