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 www.postcardsapp.com - if anyone would like to discuss it please let me know at rich [at] postcardsapp.com. My own grandmother struggled with Alzheimers and it would be great to feel like something I've made might help others with that.
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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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.
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?
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.
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.
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. =)
I am a Recreation Therapist and just got an ipad to use with my patients. I just wanted to let you know about a reminiscing app that was made by a Recreation Therapist. It is called Promenade. Promenade is an app designed for family members and caregivers to use when visiting loved ones living with dementia or related illnesses. It is great to use because you are able to type in a word and the picture will pop up. There is also questions on the side that cue you questions to ask. The only downfall is that you need wifi for it to work, however the creator is working on changing the app so that you do not need the internet.
I just stumbled across this post. I am an avid ipad and iphone user; I love them and use them daily. But, I purchased an ipad for a relative with alzheimers, and it was not the useful tool I had hoped. My main interest was video conferencing with family, to help the person keep in touch with children and grand children. I also thought it would be easier for reading the paper online (rather than on a laptop) and that I could sync with a remote calendar I maintained to create reminders of appointments and birthdays for her.
Alzheimers impairs the brain's ability to learn new information and new processes. I thought the ipad would be simple to learn, but was completely wrong. Even though the person was in early stages, she had no ability to learn the ipad interface. The touch interface was also a problem because her hands shake. She couldn't even remember where the home button was, although I think this was aggravated by the black-on-black design. The whole experience backfired in that it not only did not provide a positive experience, it was actually quite negative -- trying to learn the new tool but being unable to do so ended up stressing her out and getting her very embarrassed and upset. (I tried it over a period of time to see if repetition helped, but eventually gave up because she would become visibly stressed by trying to deal with it.)
So, it might be useful in some situations. But I just want to caution folks that it's not some tech panacea.
No, it surely isn't going to be a single, works-for-all solution. Alzheimer and other dementia cases are too individual for that.
And to be very honest (after observing the market/ecosystems since my original post - FOUR years ago already!), I fear that the iPad might be too controlled by Apple. Things like a homescreen as suggested by Kelly65 appear not to be possible (not in the way they'd be on Android devices) - I don't even know if one could get an application to start and remain in the foreground. A case that blocks access to the homebutton would be the minimum requirement, but then you'd need an app that can completely take over the device. Which would probably be a requirement in itself, because I am quite certain that the current iOS interface has made all the wrong choices for autonomous use by the elderly.
All of which doesn't mean the iPad couldn't make a great tool in the hands of caretakers, of course.