Alzheimer’s disease is one of the most prevalent chronic neurodegenerative diseases. As it progresses, patients become increasingly dependent and their caregivers are overwhelmed by the growing demands of managing their care. In this sense, MHealth can become a great ally to support the need of these caregivers.
Due to their neurodegenerative nature, sufferers need more and more care as the disease progresses. Often, family members become the caregivers of the patients. In this sense, early diagnosis is crucial for them, as it can give them more time to learn about the disease and plan the care needed by the patient.
Carers of Alzheimer’s patients often bear an enormous financial, emotional and physical burden. Supporting them is as important as providing direct patient care, as the well-being of caregivers is a direct indicator of the quality of care they provide.
Carers need education, social support and effective strategies to maximise the quality of care provided and maintain their own well-being. Of particular relevance is an understanding of the disease and how patients will change throughout the progression of the disease. With appropriate and accessible Mhealth diagnostic tools, caregivers, who are often one of the closest people to patients, can identify warning factors that help in the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease.