The development of a wearable device to increase slow-wave activity in Alzheimer’s Disease patients; Future of walkable communities: Universities as models for walkable urban design

Donis Barrera, Felix, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Forelle, MC, University of Virginia
Blair, Joshua, Sequoia Neurovitality, LLC
Shumway, Spencer, Sequoia Neurovitality, LLC

Alzheimer’s disease affects 5.8 million people in the United States, affecting their memory and cognitive abilities. The technical report covers the creation a prototype wearable device to mitigate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive decline through acoustic stimulation, which has been shown to enhance slow-wave sleep and this enhancement has led to improved memory. The STS research paper examines how universities use policies and plans to create walkable urban design in their respective cities through the lens of social construction of technology. Educational outlines, sustainability models, and environmental organizations alignments at the University of Pennsylvania, George Washington University, and Northeastern University are used as data and then analyzed for trends, specifically how these plans affect universities' urban design and relevant social groups. The technical report and STS research paper work simultaneously to provide different tools to decrease memory loss in older adults. They consider the decision-making of these solutions and how some are pushed to the forefront, while less technical and more social solutions are not the first considerations in the areas of science and engineering.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Alzheimer’s Disease, slow-wave activity, acoustic stimulation, walkable urban design, universities
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