Game aims to diagnose dementia by testing navigation skills
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - It is believed more than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s with no cure for the disease. But British researchers are pinning hopes on a new video game that could produce valuable data to help diagnose early signs of dementia.
Sea Hero Quest is marketed as "a fun and addictive mobile game dedicated to helping global research into dementia". The game tracks navigation skills that will send data to scientists. Those living with Alzheimer's tend to become disoriented and lost, so the data provided could help doctors track who is most at risk.
Reports indicate more than three million people have already downloaded the game, generating what's said to be the equivalent of more than 12,000 years of lab-based research, according to engadget.com.