Innovation for Independence

Dementia Help Application

Publish date:
01/01/2015 - 2:17pm
Last updated:
15/05/2015 - 12:30pm
Author:
Luke van Bentum

My idea is a smartphone or tablet application that actively helps people suffering from Dementia. It helps patients at home with cognitive activities, reminiscent therapy, interaction with others and their daily routine. Dementia affects just over 1 in every 50 males and just over 1 in every 100 females over the age of 65 in the UK, making it a relevant and a common issue. Dementia is often incredibly heart breaking for family and friends around the patient, as memory loss plays a role in them not being able to recognise their own partner and children for example and they struggle to cope with a daily routine and diet. Showing why a tool for combating dementia is key to a better quality of life.

Insight & Impact

Dementia is something that myself I am incredibly engrossed in. I have seen relatives that have suffered from it and it is surprising at how difficult it is to solve and deal with. It often isn't the case of taking a tablet or getting treatment and everything’s fine because Dementia affects people’s personalities as well as their physical state, which is truly heart breaking as a by stander. So by using research into the topic and finding out how certain types of therapy can help a patient, the idea of an app that encourages memory and cognitive skills was a breakthrough in helping people suffering from dementia, and I believe will improve their lives in some way shape or form.