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Dementia: How ichó gets an echo

Dear Sir or Madam,

By 2030, more than 74 million people worldwide will be affected by dementia. In order to make it easier for nursing staff, therapists and relatives to communicate with patients and to support them individually, three graduates from Duisburg focused less on technical devices and more on the form of a small ball. Technology is nevertheless behind it, but those affected do not have to operate it, but benefit from it. We asked the Duisburg start-up how ichó gets an echo out of people who otherwise seem rather absent and what other applications the small ball still has.

Have a nice week full of communication,

Anne Hofmann
Editorial team

Graphic: 26 - 29 September 2018, REHACARE International Trade Fair for Rehabilitation and Care, Düsseldorf, Germany


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