Neurotechnology Alliance to Monitor the Aging Brain
Last updated 3/18/2015 at 9:32pm | View PDF
The American Senior Housing Association (ASHA) has announced that NeuroVigil will deploy its award-winning neurotechnology to senior living communities around the country to monitor the aging brain. This alliance between the senior living industry and NeuroVigil will make it possible to collect vast amounts of neurobiological data from seniors.
"We are looking at the biggest living laboratory in the world," said John Rios, chairman of ASHA.
The program will be optional and non-invasive, and will not require hospitalization nor will it interfere with medical care, and all data will be anonymized. The program can be used by researchers to investigate changes in brain activity induced by aging, or by changes in diet, lifestyle or sleep. The data will be collected with iBrain, NeuroVigil's portable brain monitoring device, which converts electroencephalogram (EEG), into maps of brain activity.
"We have been following the groundbreaking work of Dr. Low and NeuroVigil, and as an organization dedicated to life enrichment and improving quality of life for seniors, we could not ask for a more sophisticated neurotechnology partner to provide assistance to our leading member operators and owners," said David Schless, president of ASHA. "There is a considerable need to objectively analyze the impact of these activities on a very broad scale."
"Enabling seniors to participate in cutting-edge research studies by giving them access to portable and non-invasive neurotechnology to objectively measure changes in brain activity generated by the types of life enrichment programs made available to them, will help shed light on these programs," said Dr. Philip Low, chairman and CEO of NeuroVigil.