January is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in Canada and this week the Alzheimer Society of Canada is doing their best to spread the word about the potentially devastating effects of the rising incidence of the disease and related dementias.
Did you know that there are currently 500,000 Canadians living with dementia, including 70,000 under the age of 65. That number is expected to more than double in 30 years, costing $872 billion over that period for treatment and care, without aggressive intervention including risk reduction strategies to delay the onset of the disease.
Today Santa Monica’s Dakim, Inc. announced that it is expanding distribution of its dementia-fighting Dakim BrainFitness System to Canada through a partnership with Tock Tick. Dakim’s touch screen-based system is the #1 cognitive stimulation product in U.S. senior living communities, providing an entertaining and easy-to-use brain workout that is specifically designed to help seniors maintain their brain health.
The Dakim system is designed to build that ‘cognitive reserve’ through a daily 20-minute workout covering short and long-term memory, critical thinking, visuospatial orientation, calculation and language.
Requiring no mouse, keyboard or computer knowledge, the system offers original brain-building activities filled with colourful images, stories, and oldies film and music clips appropriate to senior audiences. Answers are given with the touch of a finger. Activities are updated every few days to sustain interest; self-adjusted for capabilities ranging from active users to early-stage Alzheimer’s patients; and designed with the appearance and humour of a TV game show to keep users engaged for sustained use.
Calgary-based Tock Tick is a founding member of the Alzheimer’s Early Detection Alliance and is on a mission to promote enduring brain health for all Canadians by reducing the risk of memory loss, dementia and related diseases.