The Challenge

Use what elders still have

Finding a way to understand elders suffering from cognitive impairments, like Alzheimer's or other forms of Dementia, is key to reducing anger, frustration, and the rising cost of long-term care. Yet, how can this be done when memories fade and identity erosion sets in? The key is to use artificial intelligence to uncover a communication channel based not on fleeting memories, but on the enduring emotions, humans carry with them until death.

The Solution

An augmented intelligence approach 

Seniors get an Alter-ego. We bring AI / Machine Learning & Predictive Analytics close to elders in the form of adaptive, Guardian Pets, which we call Assistive Selves. These tools make intelligible what seniors struggle to say. Among other things, the Assistive Selves listen remotely and alert families to loneliness, abuse, neglect, or fraud.

Over time, our PETs learn to anticipate the physical and emotional needs of their owners. Guardians then use this knowledge to drive IoT devices that reduce the labor-intensive quality of senior care.

Our PETs also deal with emotions and the worries that accompany cognitive decline. Guardian Pets act as go-betweens seniors and relatives, minimizing misunderstandings, frustrations, and anger.

Our offerings assist institutional care from Skilled Nursing Facilities (Nursing Homes) to high-end Continuous Care Retirement Communities.  

However, if you cannot afford outside care, our solutions also make it possible to live and socialize with Family and Friends Living only on Retirement Savings (F.L.O.O.R.S.) - in affordable Multi-Generational Dwellings or in Dementia Villages.

These are Smart Homes provisioned with Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant features that enable senior independence while minimizing labor-intensive carer duties. To be sure, they require investment but far less than needed for institutional care. So if you can't afford the rent of institutional third-party care, don't despair. You can own and pass on to your descendants what improvements you make to Family dwellings.

The Significance

Before the final years of life for those with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) dementia, there comes a time, often measured in years, where communication is still possible, but with difficulty. During these years, cognitive impairment leaves the sufferer searching for words. They speak with clues, intelligible to family or friends who perceive the intent. "I want to go to that place we go on Sunday", gets interpreted as "I want to go to Church." Being understood is crucial to reducing confusion, frustration, and anger. However, when elders with dementia are placed into long-term care facilities, where staff turnover is often high, the ability to be understood is lost. What then sets in is gradual identity erosion for the senior, which compounds the confusion, frustration, and anger. This often erroneously confirms to relatives that elders are hopelessly lost and can no longer remain at home. Tragically, this contributes to an acceleration of cognitive decline. People with dementia experience significantly higher costs of care compared to those without cognitive impairment, and the burden of those higher costs falls disproportionately on families who do not meet the standards for aid. There are over 5.5 million people living with Alzheimer’s in the U.S. Of those,  only 1.1 million live in facilities paid for through Medicaid, at an annual cost of $72 billion.

Arrrving in 2022

A peek at our progress

An Evolving AI PET

A peek at our progress

Family Tree News

What's my Family News? - Free downloadable applications either as online interactive or voice only versions.

It allows children to send the news to Grandma, and she gets to curate it for the family - using only her voice.

Start the day with Family News.

Reminiscence Tools

Mixed Reality Worlds - A melody sounds like a memory; a scent rekindles the past. We use non-invasive 40 Hz. sounds to soothe minds. Light and sound combined seem to magnify the brain effects in the prefrontal cortex, a key area for planning and executing tasks.

Then there is Music. Sounds that only Kin-Keepers can bring back for loved ones.

Additionally we make it simple for Carers to create Virtual Worlds where play is not dependent on the physical self.

Artificial Intelligence PET

P.E.T. - Place, Experience, Time - A sophisticated software adviser that helps Mom with her memory.  It knows everyone in the Family Tree. More importantly, it listens to the sound of Mom's voice and can detect biomarkers that alert the clan to medical conditions.

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Next Steps...

Learn how it all hangs together by watching our 3 minute video.