Fingerprint scanner with Alerts and Music for Dementia Patients

By Neva Mathew

Alzheimer’s is a genetically inherited progressive disease which damages the connections between neurons and eventually causes deterioration throughout the brain causing loss of memory and other cognitive functions. Currently there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, only treatment for its symptoms. Ten percent of people of sixty-five years or older have Alzheimer’s Dementia and sixty percent of the people diagnosed will wander according to the Alzheimer’s Association. The goal of this engineering project is to create a fingerprint scanner which can be attached to a doorknob and used to detect when a patient is trying to leave the house or room and will promptly send mobile alerts to the caretaker as well as play music to sooth the patient. This device is meant to be used for the nighttime to prevent dementia patients from wandering and getting hurt.

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