What happens when dating technology meets dementia research?

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PODCAST: Online dating algorithms find perfect matches between dementia patients and researchers via a new Australian platform.

Every day around 250 people are diagnosed with dementia in Australia. And historically research is slowed up or halted by a lack of patients.

But now, an Australian start-up, StepUp for Dementia Research, is connecting dementia patients to researchers using online dating algorithms and a strong client-centric design. It’s speeding up research and opening up possibilities for people with dementia who say it has provided “a strong purpose in life” and helped them maintain a “positive mental attitude”.

In this episode of the Wild Health podcast you’ll find out how this tech platform was created through a British collaboration and what was most critical in the design phase of this start-up.

We’re joined by Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, director of StepUp for Dementia Research and the Susan and Isaac Wakil Professor of Healthy Ageing at the University of Sydney. Professor Jeon is keen to share the know-how with researchers from other areas of medical research.

For the latest developments in medtech in Australia search for “Wild Health podcast” in your favourite podcast player.

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