MapHabit awarded NIA Grant to Develop App for PLwD!
The NIA (National Institute on Aging) awarded a large grant to MapHabit in Atlanta who are developing an APP for PLwD to provide cues that help in self-performing tasks of health and self-care and then can notify a identified supporter of the completion or use of the APP. The goal is to foster independence with a tech support for PLwD who can follow through on routines once prompted or if cued by steps.
The most exciting news is that the funding came from the national level to address a care issue in dementia! For me, it signals some level of awareness there, for a need for change! At least it is a hope I have!
“MapHabit, Inc., is the first place winner of the Improving Care for People with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Using Technology (iCare-AD/ADRD) Challenge, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The Atlanta-based MapHabit team, led by Stuart Zola, Ph.D., will receive the $250,000 first prize for their mobile device application that helps people with dementia follow simple commands to perform daily tasks, such as taking pills and brushing teeth, and also provides feedback to caregivers. NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health.
The challenge is NIH’s first Eureka prize competition, which was included in the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act. The Eureka competition is designated for biomedical science that could realize significant advancements and/or improve health outcomes in diseases and conditions that have a disproportionately small research investment relative to expenses for prevention and treatment, represent a serious and significant disease burden, or for which there is potential for significant return on investment.”