MABLE – Make A Better Life Everyday
MABLE is a comprehensive Care Management System for people under care and their caregivers to connect, get organized, reminisce, and stay safe. While many apps are looking to solve individual challenges of Older Adults and those with Dementia, the complexity of ‘apps’, ‘operating systems’, and the distinct interfaces to each can be overwhelming for even the most tech-savvy older adults. MABLE is an ‘all-in-one’ solution that can grow as technology advances and personal needs change.
MABLE is a also a powerful research platform for supporting and empowering the next generation of Healthcare Research through comprehensive data gathering capabilities. Our first focused healthcare area is Dementia.
MABLE supports older adults, helping them remain in-community for longer and maintain a higher quality of life with its networked support system. MABLE helps Researchers collect the vast quantities of data they need to understand early stages or pre-dementia better, in particular with respect to behaviour and cognition. MABLE meets both those needs.
Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers, supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill. That’s 1 in 8 adults who care, unpaid, for family and friends. Within our lifetime, there will be 9 million carers. Yet many are stretched to the limit – juggling care with work and family life, or even struggling with poor health themselves. Often it is difficult to make ends meet if a carer is unable to work or if they have reduced working hours to care. Effective technical assistance can reduce carer workload and related problems such as stress and depression while improving the quality of life of people under care.
Neurological illness (such as Dementia) impacts more than 850,000 people in the UK today. The financial cost of Dementia alone to the UK is £26 billion per annum. A lack of basic and applied research data, especially in early stages of such illnesses is hindering research progress for medicinal and carer supports.
Some examples of how this all works
There are countless scenarios we have imagined and supported through MABLE. Let us provide a few examples:
- Mom has been out to a doctors meeting, lunch with a friend, and has come home to 2 phone calls already. As you call her, you are informed that your Mom has not had a break in over 4 hours and you may wish to consider giving her a break before your call. You can continue or consider a break a good idea and hang up before it interrupts Mom.
- Dad was very happy to receive 3 calls from family and friends on Tuesday but now it is Friday and nobody has called for 3 days and Dad is feeling lonely. MABLE can provide a notification to family (or friends as desired) that there has been no contact in 3 days – perhaps you could take a moment and check in on Dad.
- While Mom has been watching the built-in slideshow, eye tracking is engaged on a regular basis (MABLE can tell if you are watching the slideshow and turn this on). By introducing old and completely new images in a controlled pattern, short-term memory can be assessed and monitored over time, providing and early-warning system of cognitive decline.
- While on phone or video calls through MABLE, automated speech recognition is undertaken. Discussions can be assessed via Machine Learning to understand levels of depression, anxiety, and memory over time, providing helpful assists to caregivers about ongoing mental state (theirs included if desired.) Trends in behaviour over time or throughout days can catch issues such as sundowning, some of which can readily be assisted by some medications, providing an improved quality of life where smaller assists may be needed.
MABLE gathers a myriad of data points every day from those under care and their caregivers. It knows about contacts from phone, video, doctors appointments and in-home visits. We even have a simple solution for MABLE to connect better with the community in which users live – engaging people in care as a benefit to all (those under care and businesses and services in the community.) This data can feed back to immediate benefits for the family and if acceptable, can feed the broader Dementia Research community with critical data, even long before any official diagnosis is possible.
What is next?
MABLE has created a minimum-viable product for a recent DementiaHack. This consisted of a tablet app for people under care, a mobile phone app for Carers, and a prototype smart watch carer app. This MVP was as the science/research challenge winner and overall grand prize winner sponsored and judged by the Demntia industry, UKTI, and Gov. of Canada. The capabilities and vision of MABLE are articulated in a post at http://mable.ca/introducing-mable-make-a-better-life-everyday/
MABLE has been invited into the UKTI Global Entrepreneur Program and has been promoted by the UK government with potential partners across the UK. The Canadian government has likewise supported us and is engaging us in all Canadian-sponsored live sciences events through the Canadian High Commission.
MABLE is currently seeking to expand partnerships with effective organizations providing home care solutions, research data systems, and funding.