MapHabit Acquires LiveWell Dementia Training

ATLANTA, GA – MapHabit, an Atlanta based digital health company and NIH-SBIR awardee, announced the completion of its 2nd acquisition, LiveWell Dementia Training (LWDT), bringing the innovative educational content for support partners of people living with dementia to MapHabit’s award-willing technology platform.

“Caregiver burnout is a serious issue affecting over 50M people in the U.S. Many of us are confronted with a dementia diagnosis but lack the practical education to effectively respond to the changing needs of an individual. LWDT is an evidence-based, educational program that combines both individualized educational content and behavioral health coaching to beautifully complement MapHabit’s habit-building and cognitive engagement platform,” said Matt Golden, co-Founder and CEO of MapHabit.

“This marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for LiveWell Dementia Training; one where we will be able to provide support partners an easier way to access vital and useful individualized content that tap procedural learning that is spared during both the earlier and later stages of dementia,” said Linn Possell, Founder and Lead Educator of LiveWell Dementia Training. “As part of MapHabit, we now can dramatically expand our reach and empower care teams to be thoughtful observers and critical thinkers across the country.  Ultimately, this will lead to improved healthcare utilization and renewed independence for families across the care continuum. Finally there’s hope with a dementia diagnosis!”

Caregiving, whether professional or family, is commonly acknowledged as one of the most stressful, under-recognized, under-paid, and under-supported health-related jobs. This acquisition enhances The MapHabit System to educate caregivers to be more knowledgeable about memory and dementia, more sensitive to the needs of those in their care, as well as their own needs, through thoughtful decision processes, and to be more innovative in their care strategies using individualized wellness plans.

LiveWell Dementia Training will operate under the MapHabit brand, driving forward a continued focus on its mission, customers, and community. LiveWell Dementia Training programs will continue to be led by Linn Possell, who will now serve as Director of Caregiving Education and Training for MapHabit.

About MapHabit

MapHabit is an interactive care management platform with exclusive content for cognitive engagement and education that promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for individuals needing additional cognitive support and their care partners.

For questions, contact Paolo Aguila, Director of Marketing, MapHabit paguila@maphabit.com.

 

 

 

MapHabit Awarded $2.4M, Multi-Year Grant from the National Institute on Aging

ATLANTA, GA – MapHabit, an Atlanta-based technology company, has been awarded an additional $2.4 Million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Grant from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health (Award Number 2R44AG065081-03A1). The two-year grant will provide funds to support MapHabit’s further development of their award-winning assistive technology platform, designed to help individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease and Alzheimer’s Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD). The funds will enable us to research and develop key aspects of gamification, social networks and predictive health into our digital health platfrom.

Principal Investigator and MapHabit CEO and Co-Founder Matthew Golden stated “We are honored to be awarded a competitive renewal of our successful Phase I grant for further developing Maphabit, which will improve the lives of many individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease, as well as their families, support partners and healthcare providers.  The capabilities we are developing will better position MapHabit with our existing business partner providers and open up new opportunities with payers and direct to families aging in place.”

MapHabit will be working with several healthcare-focused AI companies to develop predictive models that can help identify patterns of behavior when monitoring changes in cognitive health status that will be helpful for clinicians and support partners. Additionally, MapHabit will also work with Virtuleap, a health and education VR company, to seamlessly integrate serious games to increase an individual’s social interaction with others through gamification.

About MapHabit

MapHabit is an interactive care management, dementia training and cognitive engagement platform based in Atlanta, GA that promotes independence and enhances the quality of life for individuals that need additional cognitive support. Utilizing an integrated, visual mapping system, MapHabit provides key tools to better accomplish their activities of daily living  while providing oversight and peace of mind to their caregivers and family members.

For questions, contact Paolo Aguila, Director of Marketing, MapHabit paguila@maphabit.com.

About Virtuleap

Virtuleap combines neuroscience and virtual reality to help increase attention levels, and address cognitive illnesses, disorders, and learning challenges. Virtuleap has created a library of VR games designed by neuroscientists in order to test and train a range of cognitive abilities and make that data accessible through their enterprise platform. Virtuleap is working with leading institutions, like the VA Health Care System and the Pacific Brain Health Center, to validate their solution as an effective diagnostic and treatment for attention deficit and cognitive decline. For more information, visit www.virtuleap.com.

 

 

 

MapHabit’s Latest Achievements

MapHabit™ List of Awards

Since our inception, the MapHabit™ team has earned several notable achievements to be proud of, and the momentum is at an all-time high! From presenting at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) and Neurological Disorders Summit (NDS) in July, to being invited to the United Nations in September, and winning first place in the Dementia Care Coordination Challenge in October, there is plenty of news to share.

In July, MapHabit’s Co-Founders, Matt Golden and Dr. Stuart Zola, attended the 19th Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in Los Angeles where they presented to some of the most prominent leaders in the Alzheimer’s and dementia community. That same month, Dr. Zola was invited to chair and present at the 5th Neurological Disorders Summit (NDS), a three-day conference that hosted medical experts from 31 countries.

At these events, MapHabit™ was well-recognized by participants as being a new, innovative company with a focus on evidence-based behavioral approaches that effectively enhance the quality of life for individuals with memory impairment and – importantly – for their caregivers as well. To read more about these experiences, take a look at our past blog.

September was also a month to remember as Co-Founder Matt Golden was invited to the United Nations to share the MapHabit™ story with the Coalition for Better Health at Lower Cost. Our team was chosen as part of a select group of leaders in business, science, research, and government to join the Coalition in brainstorming ways to provide effective healthcare options at lower costs. We were extremely grateful to receive this exciting opportunity.

In October, we were informed that MapHabit™ took First Place among 33 participants around the US in the inaugural Dementia Care Coordination Challenge and received a $250,000 prize. This challenge was the first-ever Eureka prize competition sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health.

In addition, we are extremely grateful to have received multiple research grants from the Georgia Research Alliance and National Institutes of Health which have bolstered our platform and helped to further refine our product.

We are so proud of the MapHabit™ team’s tireless research and relentless dedication. To stay up-to-date on our latest news and achievements, visit our press page!

When we work together, we can make a difference. If you would like to follow MapHabit’s journey to provide affordable healthcare options for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, please subscribe to our newsletter!

MapHabit™ Invited to the United Nations

MapHabit Invited to the United Nations

We all know the rising cost of healthcare has become a major issue for not only Americans but the world at large. Sufficient healthcare is becoming more and more expensive, causing individuals with significant medical needs to suffer because they simply can’t afford the care they need. At MapHabit™, we’re committed to the cause of developing sustainable strategies for affordable healthcare options – including our own low cost, non-invasive integrated MapHabit™ application. While we primarily advocate for the promotion of further research and therapeutic remedies specific to Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related diseases, we are also passionate about transforming the healthcare system as a whole.

 

MapHabit’s mission to effect change in the healthcare system continues to prompt our participation in numerous efforts around the world, including our recent trip to the United Nations. Our co-founder, Matt Golden, was invited to the United Nations to share the MapHabit™ story with the Coalition for Better Health at Lower Cost. The MapHabit™ team was chosen as part of a select group of leaders in business, science, research, and government to join the Coalition in brainstorming ways to provide effective healthcare options at lower costs. We were beyond thrilled and extremely grateful to receive this opportunity since the MapHabit™ vision perfectly aligns with the Coalition’s mission to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages.

 

What does the Coalition for Better Health at Lower Cost do?

The mission of the Coalition for Better Health at Lower Cost is to advance the UN Sustainable Development Goal #3 – to promote good health and well-being for all. The coalition was founded by The Stetson Family Office and the Global Partnerships Forum and includes an association of businesses, universities, governments, foundations, and family offices. Collectively, these organizations create resources for:

 

– Education on the prevention of chronic diseases with a focus on Alzheimer’s
– Advocacy of healthy living choices
– Training of our global health community

 

While at the UN, the primary focus of the attending leaders was to address the issue of rising healthcare costs and brainstorm practical strategies to reduce the financial burden felt by individuals and companies worldwide. MapHabit™ is committed to the Coalition’s cause and will participate in further discussions and strategic sessions to promote their primary objective – to provide effective healthcare options at reduced costs.

 

When we work together, we can make a difference. If you would like to follow MapHabit’s journey to provide affordable healthcare options for individuals living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, please subscribe to our newsletter!

MapHabit @ the AAIC & NDS

MapHabit’s Co-Founders, Matt Golden and Stuart Zola, were at the 19th Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) and the 5th Neurologic Disorders Summit (NDS) conference earlier this month in Los Angeles. MapHabit™ was actively engaged in poster presentations (AAIC) and platform presentations (NDS) and in numerous conversations and discussions with many of the key thought-leaders in the Alzheimer and dementia community. A few of the many important points of understanding that came out of the two conferences and our discussions included the following:

  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD) has become one of the top health priorities in the U.S. More than 5 million Americans currently live with the disease and that number will continue to grow.
  • There is no effective treatment and clinical trials targeting a protein called amyloid (the plaques of AD) have proven to be costly failures.
  • Leaders of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Aging (NIA) believe we have to learn from these failed efforts, and they are bringing together pharma, biotech, philanthropies, and multiple academic institutions to work together in identifying new potential targets for intervention.
  • There is a growing appreciation of the heterogeneity of Alzheimer’s, that is we cannot continue to think of the disease as “one-size-fits-all”. Instead, we need to think of Alzheimer’s as a spectrum, where individuals have different profiles of symptoms and underlying pathology, requiring personalized interventions (personalized medicine).
  • A common theme heard in many presentations was the growing emphasis on studies of life-style behavioral changes that can be effective in reducing vulnerability to cognitive decline and dementia. These include studying diet, multiple forms of exercise, managing sleep, and social and intellectual engagement.
  • An AAIC premeeting workshop on Technology and Dementia convened researchers using technological-based research and interventions, including mobile technology, home-based technology, and social networking in applying novel approaches as potential interventions for individuals with AD and AD-related dementias. MapHabit was seen as an innovative new approach to working effectively with memory-impaired individuals.
  • The MapHabit™ System was a topic of discussion with many of the AAIC and NDS attendees and leaders, and the MapHabit team received a lot of recognition and positive comments throughout the conference. Dr. Zola was invited to chair the NDS session on Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Mild Cognitive Impairment.

Overall, MapHabit™ was well-represented and well-recognized by participants at both conferences as being an innovative new company with a focus on evidence-based behavioral approaches that effectively enhance the quality of life for individuals with memory impairment and – importantly – for their caregivers as well.

 

To learn more about how we help those struggling with memory impairment live better, click HERE, and if you or someone you know is interested in staying up to date on the release of our solution in the coming months, follow us on LinkedInFacebook, and Twitter, or reach out via email at info@maphabit.com.

Presentation at the Alzheimer’s Solutions Conference

Co-Founder Matt Golden presents on how the MapHabit™ technology is helping people with memory impairment live better.

Each year, the leading researchers, thoughts leaders, and businesses gather to discuss the latest innovations in Alzheimer’s mitigation and prevention at the Alzheimer’s Solutions Conference. This year, we had the honor of presenting on how we are helping every stakeholder in memory impairment: the patient, caretaker, and patient’s family, work together to restore dignity and maximize independence for those suffering with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and all forms of memory impairment.

We enjoyed a wonderful exchange of ideas with conference attendees and are excited to continue working alongside all those fighting for a future where the only thing people struggle to remember is the damaging effects that memory impairment once had.

To watch the presentation in its entirety, click on the graphic below:

Thanks to InvestAcure, PBC for this great opportunity; the work you are doing is making a difference, and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership in coming years.

To learn more about how we help those struggling with memory impairment live better, click HERE, and if you or someone you know is interested in staying up to date on the release of our solution in the coming months, follow us on LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, or reach out via email at info@maphabit.com.