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Hoping to create something which will help people with dementia

Gergana Draganova

New member
Oct 1, 2020
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Hello, I am a UK student who is hoping to create a game or app which will help people with dementia with their everyday life and tasks. My grandma has dementia, seeing her struggle with simple tasks inspired me to try and create something useful for people with similar condition.
I was hoping to get more information about the everyday challenges that someone with dementia is facing, as well as any ideas which you may have and would love to be implemented into the final product! 😄
 

Buckles

Registered User
Oct 4, 2020
12
Something to control the TV remotely from another location (even across hundreds of miles)!

:)
 

MartinWL

Registered User
Jun 12, 2020
315
Something to control the TV remotely from another location (even across hundreds of miles)!

:)
I agree a remote TV remote control would be good, something that doesn't require expertise in port forwarding and other technical issues.

However the trouble seems to be that people with dementia struggle with controls, buttons, instructions etc. You would be challenged to design something that didn't need those abilities.

An area to think about might be how voice-command devices like Alexa might be better used. I don't know of an app that lets you choose a TV channel by telling that lady something like "Alexa play BBC2" but it sounds achievable, maybe already exists. That would be helpful to some people with dementia who still have a clear voice.
 

Spamar

Registered User
Oct 5, 2013
7,492
Suffolk
My late husband showed an inability to even switch radio on or off, a simple push button. This before most people even realised something was wrong.
To be honest I defy anyone to overcome that one!
Alexa wasn’t around then, but I still don’t think he would have coped.
 

Jaded'n'faded

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Jan 23, 2019
938
High Peak
And don't forget cost. Many people on these boards have bought 'dementia friendly' tech appliances and gadgets that have worked initially but then become redundant.

Dementia behaviour changes so what works now may be completely useless in a couple of weeks. This will make people reluctant to splash out...

Unfortunately technology provides few answers for those with dementia.
 

kindred

Registered User
Apr 8, 2018
2,508
And don't forget cost. Many people on these boards have bought 'dementia friendly' tech appliances and gadgets that have worked initially but then become redundant.

Dementia behaviour changes so what works now may be completely useless in a couple of weeks. This will make people reluctant to splash out...

Unfortunately technology provides few answers for those with dementia.
I so agree. in the home where I volunteer the battery powered pusscats go down well, but they are not about day to day living skills! Also I have seen an app that can be used on tablets that has say a beach scene and residents run their fingers over the screen and it moves the sand about and water comes up on the beach ... things like that ...
But helping with living skills, not really.
Warmest Kindred