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THE ALZHEIMER’S CHALLENGE

How can we help people with signs of Alzheimer's, to overcome denial and seek medical help?

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Alzheimer’s disease may well be humanity’s biggest challenge.​ It shows a profound unmet need for patients, caregivers, and societies.
Global dementia prevalence will triple between today's 47 million to 132 million in 2050. The number of people over 65 will nearly double between 2000 and 2030 in the western world. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementia and will become a leading cause of death in many developed countries in the next ten years.
The clinical and economic burden is accompanied by a humanistic burden. Alzheimer’s Disease gradually erodes an individual’s ability to remember, communicate, eat, walk and interact with the world, inflicting a huge burden on patients as well as their families and caregivers. This burden is one that all of society must shoulder, forcing health and social care systems, employers and the broader economy to assume unprecedented—and unsustainable—costs and risks to manage the Alzheimer's crisis
We know today that Alzheimer’s Disease is not part of normal aging. Alzheimer's is more than memory loss, involving progressive loss of autonomy, functional decline, behavioral disturbance and dependence on caregivers and nursing care. Of the people living with Alzheimer's - less than half have been diagnosed. ​Of those who suffer symptoms or are diagnosed, many feel stigmatized.
Denial is a common reaction.​ It prevents patients and caregivers from engaging with the healthcare system, pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis. Denial prevents patients to conduct an evaluation OR seek medical help. Denial prevents caregivers from motivating patients to seek a diagnosis. Patients with denial lose trust and feel like they are being ‘set up to fail’ along the diagnosis path
A lack of understanding of disease progression and inability to understand if medication is effective, or not, enhance patient and caregiver denial and lack of compliance.
We want to explore this topic of denial in dementia patients and caregivers, with a design challenge. It will involve a crowdsourcing-design thinking campaign, open to the public.
A collaborative innovation journey where everyone is invited.

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Understanding the challenge

Now starts an inspiring phase of discovery and research! By soaking up information and gaining empathy for users, you are truly expansive, tapping into the unknown with open arms and senses. Important for this part is to be as unbiased and as open-minded as possible to allow unforeseeable insights to surface. You’ll never know before where your insights might guide you. After having gathered your findings you will start making sense of it all.

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Objectives​

• Gain insights about the challenge to guide your further work
• Get to know and gain empathy for users (patient, closely related, caregivers or other that circles our main user)
• Uncover user-needs, fears and hopes, drivers behind denial, behaviors and motivations
• Expand your knowledge and challenge your perspective
• Identify work-arounds - ways in which users deal with a given problem
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Design Thinking guide

Persona: Bill & Damian

This is a story about Bill, a retired musician. He is diagnosed, under treatment and get’s nursing help at at home. His later state of A’s has worsened and his form of denial (lack of awareness) makes his son Damian concerned about how to handle him...


Persona: Steve

This is a story about Steve, a hard working sharp man with memory problems. He is in denial as his symptoms (and what they might mean...) doesn’t go together att all with his self image...


Persona: Liz & Karen

This is a story about Liz, a retired teacher. She is showing early signs of Alzheimer’s but is not yet diagnosed. She is in denial but her symptoms are starting to make her daughter Karen worried...​


Read a story - Alzheimer’s and the Devil Called Denial

Alzheimer’s is, above all, an insidious disease. Its symptoms often begin so mildly and progress so slowly that it’s easy for friends and loved ones to deny them until one day there’s a ‘defining incident.

Read the whole story >>

Watch a movie

A linguistics professor and her family find their bonds tested when she is diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease.

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Read a book - "Slow Dancing With A Stranger" by Meryl Comer

From Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist and leading Alzheimer’s advocate, Meryl Comer comes a profoundly intimate and unflinching account of her husband’s battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Watch a clip >>
Or learn more from Meryls website >>

The Alzheimers Challenge

Alzheimer’s disease may well be humanity’s biggest challenge.​ It shows a profound unmet need for patients, caregivers, and societies.

Global dementia prevalence will triple between today's 47 million to 132 million in 2050. The number of people over 65 will nearly double between 2000 and 2030 in the western world. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of all dementia and will become a leading cause of death in many developed countries in the next ten years.

The clinical and economic burden is accompanied by a humanistic burden. Alzheimer’s Disease gradually erodes an individual’s ability to remember, communicate, eat, walk and interact with the world, inflicting a huge burden on patients as well as their families and caregivers. This burden is one that all of society must shoulder, forcing health and social care systems, employers and the broader economy to assume unprecedented—and unsustainable—costs and risks to manage the Alzheimer's crisis

We know today that Alzheimer’s Disease is not part of normal aging. Alzheimer's is more than memory loss, involving progressive loss of autonomy, functional decline, behavioral disturbance and dependence on caregivers and nursing care. Of the people living with Alzheimer's - less than half have been diagnosed. ​Of those who suffer symptoms or are diagnosed, many feel stigmatized.

Denial is a common reaction.​ It prevents patients and caregivers from engaging with the healthcare system, pre-diagnosis and post-diagnosis. Denial prevents patients to conduct an evaluation OR seek medical help. Denial prevents caregivers from motivating patients to seek a diagnosis. Patients with denial lose trust and feel like they are being ‘set up to fail’ along the diagnosis path

A lack of understanding of disease progression and inability to understand if medication is effective, or not, enhance patient and caregiver denial and lack of compliance.

We want to explore this topic of denial in dementia patients and caregivers, with a design challenge. It will involve a crowdsourcing-design thinking campaign, open to the public.

A collaborative innovation journey where everyone is invited.

All ideas

Start ideation

Now starts the exciting phase of ideation! This is all about sparking off as many ideas as possible, exploring the solution space to the problem that was defined in the previous phase. Start to ideate and build on each other! For this phase switch your mindset to: everything is possible! Be visual when you communicate your ideas!

The innovation process lives through your active participation. Share your ideas below and engage by leaving comments and build on each other. This is open innovation!

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Objectives​

• Ask the right questions so to help you innovate
• Brainstorming
- explore as many solutions as possible
- step beyond the obvious solutions
• Be visual - make your ideas tangible by drawing or building simple rough prototypes
• Build on each other’s ideas
• Evaluate and choose which ideas to develop further
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Design Thinking guide

  • It's more fun when it's snapchat!

    Launch of an advertising campaign using social network codes to promote Alzheimer's disease. Stories (messenger, snapchat, instagram) automatically disappear after 24 hours.

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  • Spreading the ADa

    It is an awareness campaign aiming to distinguish natural aging from AD; and denianse and prejudice against AD. "Patients"; RELATIVES; Friends; Workmates; General population.

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  • A new vision of AD

    Train general practitioners and pharmacists on Alzheimer's disease: The aim is to make them aware of the very slow progression of the disease: The Alzheimer's patient is not only

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  • Wearables for detecting and monitoring early signs.

    Some of the early signs of the on-set of Alzheimers include repetitive behaviour, trouble while making visual and spatial judgements such as approximating distance of some object

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  • Wearables for detecting and monitoring early signs.

    Some of the early signs of the on-set of Alzheimer's include repetitive behaviour, trouble while making visual and spatial judgements such as approximating distance of some object

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  • Screening program for early diagnosis

    An easy screening method (blood, saliva or something else) that looks for amyloid-beta or other markers for Alzheimers Disease will be sent home to all people above 65 years of

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  • Digital solution for Alzheimer’s management

    Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient requires hard work, can be time-consuming as well as stressful and frustrating for the family to handle. In particular, the management of

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  • Alzheimer Patient Character into a Famous Scenario

    One of the most frequent activities of people in daily life is watching a TV Series. People spend too much time talking about characters and even sometimes they put themselves

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  • Global Clinical Research for Non-Invasive Biomarkers

    Healthcare professionals use different methods to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease. There are some basic tests and invasive tests as well. However, there is also a need for

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  • Alzheimer Tests before the Appointment

    For each health appointment, people create the application through online platforms or via calls. Without depending on the medical branches of appointment, these online portals or

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  • Alzheimer's Glass - GlAlzh

    Alzheimer's patients have vision problems as a sign of their disease. Consequently, they have difficulty while reading, judging distance and determining colors of objects. Besides

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  • Wearable Technology for Elderly People

    Developing an application to use with current technology of wearable devices for Alzheimer Patients or potential age group to be Alzheimer. This app will suggest alternative ways

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Team up!

Pick an idea to develop further and try to team up with others, either through this platform or with peers around you. In Design Thinking, collaboration is a core principle, by collaborating you will reach further! If you can't find a fellow innovator, you can create a team with just you in it.


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Design Thinking guide

  • Growing plants indoors

    Our idea is to implement and support small indoor farms that residents can take care of. The expected benefits come from sensory stimulation that comes with gardening activities, as well as the repetitive care of specific plants that can be meaningful to the residents. Our team includes a Master in agroecology and an avid in-door farmer.

  • G-Drive

    Team from Roche Netherlands

  • Francine

    A kit dedicated to caregivers who are worried that a loved one may be affected by Alzheimer's disease. This kit contains: -1 logbook, which allows him to gather all the various symptoms identified -1 google home with a personalized game. The google home regularly interviews the “potential patient” (and his family) to detect possible problems. This kit therefore makes it possible to analyse the situation well. Moreover, you arrive with data when you go to see your general practitioner: the logbook, and reports from the game. The GP decides more serenely on the need for a real AD test

  • Braintrack

    We will collaborate around Braintrack prognostic gaming a proposed screening app for dementia that includes brain health training games. The idea is to create an app that is fun, exciting and that keeps you up to date on recent brain health training while it also screens you for dementia. This would allow physicians to screen a population for early signs of dementia without deterring them from using a right out cognitive/dementia app.

  • It's more fun when it's snap'!

    Launch of an advertising campaign using social network codes to promote Alzheimer's disease. Stories (messenger, snapchat, instagram) automatically disappear after 24 hours. They would be used as a metaphor for the disease with this slogan: It's funny when it is a social networks, less so when it's your reality. The campaign would be extended with a mobile memory game. Between each level, information on memory and Alzheimer's disease would be given. To make this campaign viral, it could be done in partnership with a social network and a recognized memory game publisher.

  • A website to de-dramatize AD

    Creation of a website to raise awareness of early detection of Alzheimer's disease. The website is not about disease but more about memory impairments. 3 spaces : - 1 to learn about the disease with videos, a forum and a chat with professionals to de-dramatize the disease - 1 containing self-diagnostic tests for patient and a tool to facilitate the appointment scheduling with specialist physicians - 1 space for physicians with information on how to talk about the disease, standard tools, and access to experts

  • A new vision of AD

    A new vision of Alzheimer's disease Train general practitioners and pharmacists on Alzheimer's disease: The aim is to make them aware of the very slow progression of the disease: The Alzheimer's patient is not only a bedridden person. They would also be reminded that non-medicinal techniques are already available to slow the progression of the disease and that clinical trials are ongoing for drugs. Finally, the aim of this training would be to create a network between GPs, pharmacists and experts.

  • RDI Team 4

    We ran an onsite ideation session in Switzerland and generated ideas that focus on removing stigma, eg by creating a "fun family challenge across generations" game, in the style of board games or on-line multi-player video games. The game can be part of the awareness program linked to local AD associations. The game should share information to entire family through a gamified environment on 1) what can be done to prevent dementia development 2) slow down the disease, or 3) what needs to be plan appropriately to ease the transition into care-center if it cannot be stopped.

  • RDI Team 7

    From our ideation session in Switzerland, we came up with the idea of engaging a celebrity "face" to talk about AD and the advantages of not postponing seeking medical advise. Also, support authors that come up with scripts for making a tasteful "krimi" or comedy movie to reach a different audience than those that would watch dramas (such as Still Alice) to further expose the public to AD and importantly, what can be done to help.

  • RDI Team 4b

    From our ideation session in Switzerland, we think it is (also) important that all AD associations lobby their health policy makers to get AD screening as part of the regular physical check-ups for people over 50. A cognitive test should be integrated into the routine check-ups so people don't wait until symptoms are so life-disturbing, before seeking help. Payers can incentivise "healthy behaviour", eg like sponsoring fitbit trackers, etc.

  • RDI Team 8

    From our ideation session in Switzerland, Team 8 came up with the idea to help make AD care centers less a scary "bad place" a patient could end up because of the disease, but more seen as a protected environment for part of the community that cannot take care of themselves, eg like a child-care center. So instead of just submitting the patient, the family gets place and just as with child-care, there is a long initiation period so the patient can ease into the stay there.

  • RDI Team 5

    Team 5 from the ideation workshop in Switzerland proposes a prevention tool/app, which provides the following services: 1) longitudinal assessment of risk 2) proactive lifestyle stimulation 3) social/family network platform 4) insurance company participation 5) patient support 6) integration with OS the aim is to address the denial, stigma, fear, chronicity of disease, challenges from symptoms and dealing with aging in general.

  • RDI Team 3

    Team 3 of the ideation workshop in Switzerland came up with focus on awareness and making sure there's a source for help, eg an anonymous hotline where people can call if they are concerned or need help. they suggested the "blue ribbon" campaign (in the style of the pink ribbon for breast cancer or red for AIDs)

  • RDI Team 1

    Team 1 from our ideation session in Switzerland proposed creating awareness with the younger generation, esp. through social media. We need to move the younger generation into prevention modus and knowledge that catching it early means better chance of not progressing.

  • RDI Team 7

    From our ideation session in Switzerland, we came up with the idea of engaging a celebrity "face" to talk about AD and the advantages of not postponing seeking medical advise. Also, support authors that come up with scripts for making a tasteful "krimi" or comedy movie to reach a different audience than those that would watch dramas (such as Still Alice) to further expose the public to AD and importantly, what can be done to help.

  • The Experience Room - X-line

    Cross this line of silent ignorance, prejudices and uneasiness. Get an insight what it means to have Alzheimer’s disease - EXPERIENCE it. With help of AR (augmented reality) we will develop a room, which is adaptable to your own home. Be guided through different story-lines, full filling tasks and start feeling the different phases of Alzheimer´s disease. Due to this deeper understanding, you will be encourage to talk about it with your loved ones, sharing information and beeing more aware.

  • The True Stories

    Join the True Stories team and help to fight the stigma of dementia by showing real-world examples of people living with the condition - and living well. A media campaign that would show stories of real people living with dementia and their relatives, including stories where people got closer togather when one of them developed dementia (there are such!) or when people discovered new meaning in life when they had received a dementia diagnosis. Let's show the world that a dementia diagnosis is not a death sentence!

All prototypes

Develop your idea

Now that you have formed teams we move into the development phase (don't worry you can still create a team). If you haven’t decided on an idea, go back to the ideation and pick one. The next step is to validate your idea and develop it further. Design Thinking has a clear user-focus, you will want to learn from your users and use the insights for development. For example you can prototype your idea and test it on actual users. Development is a continuous and iterative process - improve as many times as possible, step by step. Each step doesn’t have to be a final product - it's about improvement and user fit. Share your developments (iterations) on the platform as they come along, it's a great way to document the process and get feedback. Your process will be considered in the selection of finalists.


Full instructions


Design Thinking guide

  • The Experience Room - X-line

    Cross this line of silent ignorance, prejudices and uneasiness. Get an insight what it means to have Alzheimer’s disease - EXPERIENCE it. With help of AR (augmented reality) we will develop a room, which is adaptable to your own home. Be guided through different story-lines, full filling tasks and start feeling the different phases of Alzheimer´s disease. Due to this deeper understanding, you will be encourage to talk about it with your loved ones, sharing information and beeing more aware.

    0 31 0
  • Celebrity Face of AD

    Engaging a celebrity "face" to talk about AD and the advantages of not postponing seeking medical advise. as Michael J Fox for Parkinsons or Stephan Hawkins for ALS.

    0 18 0
  • Social Media "yes, we care!" campaign

    We need to move the younger generation into prevention modus and knowledge that we can do something about this and catching it early means better chance of not progressing. Creating awareness with the younger generation, esp. through social media as a medium.

    0 23 0
  • AD Hotline

    Making sure there's a source for help such as an anonymous hotline where people can call if they are concerned or need help.

    3 28 3
  • Happy-AD care centers

    help make AD care centers less a scary "bad place" a patient could end up because of the disease, but more seen as a protected environment for part of the community that cannot take care of themselves, eg like a child-care center. So instead of just submitting the patient, the family gets place and just as with child-care, there is a long initiation period so the patient can ease into the stay there.

    0 11 0
  • Prevention tool/app

    A prevention tool/app, which provides the following services: 1) longitudinal assessment of risk 2) proactive lifestyle stimulation 3) social/family network platform 4) insurance company participation 5) patient support 6) integration with OS the aim is to address the denial, stigma, fear, chronicity of disease, challenges from symptoms and dealing with aging in general.

    0 11 0
  • Fun Family Challenge Game

    To remove stigma by creating a "fun family challenge across generations" game, in the style of board games or on-line multi-player video games.

    1 20 1
    +1

Testing

Selection of qualified ideas

After the development phase you will have the chance to submit your final idea as a team to participate in the competition. A selection of teams will be invited to join us in Stockholm for the finals in January. We will select based on following criteria:

• At least one iteration done in the development phase
• teams of minimum 2, maximum 5 people can join
• Originality of idea and value well explained regarding solution
• Well-framed user centered problem definition (including the need) • Design Thinking - Ingenuity and iterative approach in testing the ideas & prototypes

More details to come soon.

  • The Experience Room - X-line

    Cross this line of silent ignorance, prejudices and uneasiness. Get an insight what it means to have Alzheimer’s disease - EXPERIENCE it. With help of AR (augmented reality) we will develop a room, which is adaptable to your own home. Be guided through different story-lines, full filling tasks and start feeling the different phases of Alzheimer´s disease. Due to this deeper understanding, you will be encourage to talk about it with your loved ones, sharing information and beeing more aware.

    0 31 0
  • Celebrity Face of AD

    Engaging a celebrity "face" to talk about AD and the advantages of not postponing seeking medical advise. as Michael J Fox for Parkinsons or Stephan Hawkins for ALS.

    0 18 0
  • Social Media "yes, we care!" campaign

    We need to move the younger generation into prevention modus and knowledge that we can do something about this and catching it early means better chance of not progressing. Creating awareness with the younger generation, esp. through social media as a medium.

    0 23 0
  • AD Hotline

    Making sure there's a source for help such as an anonymous hotline where people can call if they are concerned or need help.

    3 28 3
  • Happy-AD care centers

    help make AD care centers less a scary "bad place" a patient could end up because of the disease, but more seen as a protected environment for part of the community that cannot take care of themselves, eg like a child-care center. So instead of just submitting the patient, the family gets place and just as with child-care, there is a long initiation period so the patient can ease into the stay there.

    0 11 0
  • Prevention tool/app

    A prevention tool/app, which provides the following services: 1) longitudinal assessment of risk 2) proactive lifestyle stimulation 3) social/family network platform 4) insurance company participation 5) patient support 6) integration with OS the aim is to address the denial, stigma, fear, chronicity of disease, challenges from symptoms and dealing with aging in general.

    0 11 0
  • Fun Family Challenge Game

    To remove stigma by creating a "fun family challenge across generations" game, in the style of board games or on-line multi-player video games.

    1 20 1
    +1

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Grand final - The workshop days

At this workshop you will have the chance to validate your idea. An expert and patient panel will be present to give you feedback on your idea concerning all three aspects, desirability, feasibility and viability. This will help you improve your idea one last time before the final presentation. Apart from getting a digital certificate in Design Thinking and a chance for winning great prizes, one team could even have a chance for further development together with the challenge host, Roche.

More details to come soon.



More about the challenge

Alzheimer’s disease presents a high unmet medical need in a large population. As seen in studies, too many who show signs of Alzheimer’s disease, who are diagnosed with it, or even being closely related to someone of the mentioned, fall into denial. Learn more +

This emotional hurdle is a true obstacle as it is shown that the earlier we intervene, the higher the probability to decrease its negative effects, co-morbidities or delay the disease and burden to the patients and/or its relatives. Thus, new ways to overcome any threshold to intervention, including denial, is crucial.


Read the full challenge description in this PDF

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More about this project

The Stockholm EIT Health Starter Lab, represented by Karolinska Institutet’s Unit for Bioentrepreneurship and Openlab Stockholm invite you together with Roche to embark on this collaborative innovation journey. It’s ultimate goal: to crack solutions for early intervention of Alzheimer’s. Learn more +

During 60 days, we’ll coach and facilitate an open innovation on this platform by using Design Thinking as method, mindset and toolset to guide the process. This innovation journey ends in a final event of two workshop days in Stockholm, where selected teams will meet to further develop their ideas with the aid of experts and patients. Apart from getting a digital certificate in Design Thinking and a chance for winning great prizes, one team could even have a chance for further development together with the challenge host, Roche.

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Who can participate and how

Whether you are a student, an entrepreneur, a professional, an expert, or just someone with great interest and curiosity to take on this challenge... we welcome you all! Whether you are alone or already a team, all formations can join!Learn more +

There are several ways to participate; from attending any of the live events hosted around Europe, to engaging in this online platform. Or both! Either or, we promise this will be an experience worthwhile! It’s an opportunity to make new connections and not the least to learn Design Thinking, a human-centered approach to creative problem solving. Plus, it is your chance of taking a stake in cracking this important challenge together with other curious creative doers around Europe!

On this platform, you may post new ideas, build on or provide feedback to others. You may form teams to co-develop ideas further according to the design thinking methodology - all under our coaching. This is an opportunity to follow and learn from an innovation journey up to its grand finale. Who knows maybe you and your idea will be selected to join the workshop in Stockholm coming January!

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