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iPad for elderly/dementia

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  • Kyle.StoneTab Calculating status...
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    Jun 18, 2012 9:00 AM (in response to JennaF)

    This is a great forum.  @JennaF, Those links no longer work a year later, could you share the updated links with this thread?

  • richinamsterdam Calculating status...
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    Jun 23, 2012 2:53 PM (in response to RJV Bertin)

    My girlfriend and I make an app called Postcards, aimed at the elderly, that lets them receive photos, videos and messages from their family. We only just launched but we have a few users in their nineties that are able to use it without difficulty, and a retirement home that specializes in dementia that's interested in getting it for all their residents. So it's not fully tested in this situation yet, but I'd love to have a conversation with any of the people on here about seeing if it helps. You can see how it works at - if anyone would like to discuss it please let me know at rich [at] My own grandmother struggled with Alzheimers and it would be great to feel like something I've made might help others with that.






  • McCashew Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 11, 2012 7:37 PM (in response to RJV Bertin)

    removed post, needs editing, will repost shortly

  • vyshas Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2013 5:03 PM (in response to McCashew)



    While researching on my Post-Graduate project I came across your post.I am in the process of creating an  app for patients suffering from Alzheimer .I am currently at the initial stage of project.The main focus is on vERY VERY EASY INTERFACE and It should be on a 10 inch tablet .

    I really would like to discuss more about this with you and get valuable inputs from you ....(If my app could be meaningful to at least one person in this world then I have done my job).


    I intend to create an intelligent scheduler that is very simple and easy to use, emergency button,remote texting of messages by caretakers to patients tablet,etc.....


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  • Morgan Olson Calculating status...
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    Mar 4, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to southrnflower)

    I found her apps to be quite successful as well!

  • DDanials Calculating status...
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    Nov 6, 2013 7:17 PM (in response to RJV Bertin)

    Hello. This thread is very useful. If anyone is developing apps for early onset forms of dementia it would be so helpful to learn more. My family member has frontotemporal dementia and was able to easily navigate the earlier look of iPad. Changing familiar icons has thrown a wrench into his ability to do so independent of me. Perhaps another app for internet searching other than Safari might work, if such a thing exists.

  • kelley65 Calculating status...
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    Nov 8, 2013 7:54 AM (in response to DDanials)

    We are considering an iPad for my mother who has had a stroke and the beginnings of some dementia.  What I would really love is an app that shows on the main screen something like "hello, Jean, today is Monday October 10 and the time is 7:00 in the morning." Then it would sync with a google calendar to remind her of appointments or events that could be created by someone else.  She is also dying to use her email again but can't manage a regular computer.  Does anyone have any experience or advice to share?

  • Courcoul Level 6 Level 6 (11,150 points)
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    Nov 8, 2013 8:36 AM (in response to RJV Bertin)

    Given that the aspect has not been discussed yet, may I also suggest about equipping the iPads with adequate protection to save them from the inevitable bumps and drops?


    At first blush I was thinking along the lines of a LifeProof nüüd case, which affords improved handling,  maximum moisture and considerable impact protection while leaving the touchscreen unencumbered for max response. Or an equivalent from other makers. They don't cover the latest iPad Air but state to be working on it.

  • tiggerfrank Calculating status...
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    Jan 26, 2014 8:25 AM (in response to JennaF)

    Just seen your post. We use the iPad for interactive activities in a nursing home. Would certainly like to keep in touch with your developments.

  • oldguard60 Calculating status...
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    Mar 30, 2014 6:50 AM (in response to tiggerfrank)

    Just came across this discussion and it is very TIMELY. 


    I have some ideas about an interface for the iPad Air that I would like to know how to find someone to build it for me?  We take care of my mother in law and we are putting her into an assisted living facility (dementia).

    I want to create a UI on the iPad that does about 4-6 things.


    Automatically starts FaceTime when a call comes in from only her sons and daughter.  NO other phone calls accepted unless added to the list by the family.


    Has big buttons on the UI that says "Call Kelly"  "Call Kyle" etc for when she wants to call her kids (again using FaceTime so she can see them)


    Has a screen saver that shows the date, time, weather, a note from one of her children


    A program that pops up a big reminder that says "Take your medicine" and logs it when it it clicked on by her to say ok.


    Other ideas to come.


    But, something simple and easy to use.  The iPad will sit in a stand on the table or counter at all times.  Not to be carried around.


    Thoughts, comments and suggestions sought and appreciated.




  • CarolOh Calculating status...
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    Apr 9, 2014 7:34 AM (in response to RJV Bertin)

    Hi, I just came across all these discussion on development of apps/generations of iPad for older person. Am excited to see the forward development for the silver generation. Am also sourcing out for solutions or customization of iPads/tablets which can be use for older person who are home-bound, staying alone without caregivers most of the time. Am working in a Senior Activity Centre in Singapore. Hope that such development can be seen in Asia with relevant context. =)

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