Researchers at BRNZ are working hard to develop novel apps and tools to support New Zealanders in reducing their risk of neurological disease. Apps available for download to smart devices are universally accessible and are proving a powerful way to motivate people to reduce their risk.
We are also developing an interactive website that that will support people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment, which we aim to launch in 2018. Work is also underway to create online resources that will increase the awareness of dementia and dementia care in NZ, and standardise dementia resources across our public health and NGO sectors.
Tools and Apps
Stroke Riskometer App
Developed by BRNZ investigator Valery Feigin in collaboration with international leaders in stroke prevention, the Stroke Riskometer™ app is an award winning and easy-to-use tool for measuring your individual risk of a stroke in the next five to ten years. The Stroke Riskometer can calculate your stroke risk by evaluating a series of risk factors such as age, gender, ethnicity, lifestyle and other health factors that directly influence your likelihood of a stroke.
The Stroke Riskometer app is suitable for ages 20 to 90+ years old and has been endorsed by:
- The World Stroke Organization
- European Stroke Organization
- World Federation of Neurology
- International Association of Neurology and Epidemiology
Another tool developed by Prof Feigin and his collaborators at AUT is Stroke.net.nz, a website focused on self-managed rehabilitation. It features a series of videos on stroke care and rehabilitation available for a minimal cost. The videos demonstrate rehabilitation procedures – from muscle strengthening and fatigue management to bathing and walking – and show how to manage everyday life when recovering from a stroke. The practical demonstrations are accompanied by easy-to-understand explanations from health professionals.