According to Brightfocus.org, a group heavily involved in Alzheimer’s research, there are 50 million people suffering from Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia worldwide. And every single year, there are 10 million more that get diagnosed with it. I’m sure that even now, many of you reading this can name at least one family member who suffers from a form of dementia, and the sad truth is that it’s likely that some of you reading this may end up developing a form of dementia yourselves, down the line. These debilitative diseases slowly break down the brain, stripping those suffering from it of any memories of past events, friends, family, taking away more and more of their functions until they pass away. Presently, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disorder.
But I plan to reimagine the way we treat those in the earliest stages of dementia.
My project, Memento, will be a way that those in the earliest stages of dementia will be able to build associations between certain things important to them, like friends and family, and images or concepts that are already very deeply ingrained in their mind. My inspiration for creating this product comes from my own personal experience with my late grandfather, an ex-engineer at PanAm. Even when he didn’t recognize me, he was able to go on for almost half an hour about his experiences with planes, countries, engineering, everything that he had committed to memory which had stuck for so long inside him.
After conducting research about memory loss and how some are preserved in patients with dementia, I would want to apply this science to a physical product as a way to help dementia patients build these associations while they still can, and be able to remember these as the disease advances. Too many people have been robbed of their memories of love. With Memento, you can insure that this love lives on.
Deliverables: Presently, my idea is under research and up to change. This will be solidified over time. Currently, I would want to make a product that is able to trigger specialized neurons, called mirror neurons, to cause the user to feel or experience certain senses. This would help enhance the experience they are having while using my product, and inspire the creation of new memories and recollection of old ones.
My project, Memento, is a feasible business concept that uses legitimate scientific research to give immense aid to those suffering from dementia. Attached, you can see the research I have done to guarantee this.
Below, you will find the cumulative research I have done to analyze the other products and services that are already available to try to achieve similar goals as the ones I have set. My definition of a potential competitor is very broad, mostly due to the various treatments that exist for dementia. As such, it is possible that you will see not only products, but certain types of therapies that are available for dementia. Many of my competitor products were found on alzstore.com, which is seen in the image to the left.