The combination of my volunteer work for the Alzheimer's Association and my developing interest in AI brought me to a UC Berkeley project called Cognition Tracker conducted by several students that used AI to help bridge the divide between the dementia patient and the necessary care to monitor and analyze the progress of the patient's dementia. In addition to being a leading cause of death in the United States, proper care and treatment for dementia patients is often scarce due to either the cost of utilities, the long commute to a specialist, and various other factors. This makes tracking the development of a patient's dementia difficult as specialists (and scientists in general) need frequent data in order to come to a conclusion. This project immediately spiked my curiosity and I then set up a meeting with one of the project members to ask questions and learn more about the Cognition Tracker.
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