Digital therapeutics, a subset of digital health, is a health discipline and treatment option that utilizes and often online health technologies to treat a medical or psychological condition. The treatment relies on behavioral and lifestyle changes usually spurred by a collection of digital impetuses. Because of the digital nature of the methodology, data can be collected and analyzed as both a progress report and a preventative measure. Treatments are being developed for the prevention and management of a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including type II diabetes, congestive heart failure, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, asthma, substance abuse, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and several others. Digital therapeutics often employ strategies rooted in cognitive behavioral therapy.
The goal of Digital Therapeutics is to mirror an already effective treatment but use technology to scale it to an infinitely larger patient population.
What is Reminiscence Therapy?
Remembering the past can bring a large amount of pleasure and understanding for anyone. People who suffer from Dementia and early onset Alzheimers often have difficulty remembering what has recently happened in their lives, so it is a way to easily talk about what they do remember. Often times the memories from years back remain detailed and intact.
Reminiscence Therapy involves discussing and sharing memories, reviewing and evaluating those memories, and re-capturing the emotions and feelings that are an integral part of those memories. RT has been shown to be helpful in reducing reclusive tendencies that cause depression and anxiety.
Pictures that bring back memories are another excellent aid to the reminiscence process. Photographs of family, friends, and anything else in one’s personal histories are obvious choices, but any picture that elicits a memory of something in the past is beneficial.