There has been a dearth of good news on the Alzheimer’s front lately, but now researchers are saying Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a new use—detecting early-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia.  Scientists can use AI tools that analyze typing speed, sleep patterns and speech to detect signs of dementia.  They can even use virtual assistants like Amazon Echo that can record the way we type, search the Internet and pay bills.   Cognitive changes can appear years before memory lapses become apparent so the use of AI is very hopeful.  Regular readers of my blog know that both my father and grandmother passed away with Alzheimer’s disease.  It’s a terrible condition that can rock the whole family.  If you or a loved one are struggling with the disease, I encourage you to contact our local chapter of Alzheimer’s Association in Ryan Ranch.  They are wonderful, caring people.  They also have a 24-hour hotline if you are in distress, call 1-800-272-3900

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