ProjectHealth swipe

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Health swipe

Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease present a huge human, societal, and economic burden. As there are currently no disease-modifying drugs available for dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, early risk detection and prevention has been highlighted as a public health priority. 

The “Health swipe” mobile app is a tool for intervention that allows people to make lifestyle changes with the aim of reducing their risk of developing Alzheimer’s and dementia within the next twenty years. The app uses a deck of cards as a metaphor to guide the user carefully towards helpful interventions. It is a continuation of the "Dementia Risk Tool" mobile app, developed earlier within the same project (MULTI-MODE: Multimodal strategies to promote a healthy brain in aging: Innovative evidence-based tools), and like that app it is based on evidence from research carried out at Karolinska. 

In order to deliver enhanced Internet-based multi-modal lifestyle intervention via an app, lots of contemporary user research was studied, completing the picture obtained from Karolinska on the evidence-based research specific to Alzheimer’s and to cognitive decline. For clinical relevance, the strategy was in short to directly involve the clinics (for specification of functionality) and the patients (for evaluation).

The general idea adapted to was that the risk score app provided initial information and then the user (possible together with a doctor) can decide to move to the intervention step. This step has five parameters uncovered by earlier research at Karolinska:

  1. Physical Exercise
  2. Eating Habits
  3. Heart Health
  4. Social Life
  5. Cognitive Health

A maintenance phase then follows, for which the challenge is to keep the new habits.

Download the dissemination report: Dementia Risk and Prevention: Lifestyle-related Factors.  


  • Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam
  • Imperial College London
  • Karolinska Institutet
  • Parc Sanitari Sant Joan de Deu (PSSJD)
  • RISE Research Institutes of Sweden
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