One of the cruelest blows for people suffering from Alzheimer's or other form of dementia is having to leave their home--and its comforting surroundings--behind. So how great would it be to have some way of making it easier for them to stay there and continue their everyday routine?
That's the theory behind a new tablet app that launched today. Called the Dementia-Friendly Home, the 3-D app was created by Alzheimer's Australia, an educational organization, working with a gaming company.
Available for iPads and Android tablets for $1.99, the app shows a virtual house. Tapping on a room--and key places in the room--gives you crucial information on how best to set up the space so the person with dementia is less overwhelmed. Here's what the bedroom would look like onscreen.
If you tap on the bedspread, you'd find out that busy patterns can be confusing for people with dementia, whose spatial sense is deteriorating too. Or that white-on-white is also confusing because there's no contrast, making a toilet seat, say, harder to pick out. Here's a shot of the same bedroom with some minor changes.
The goal is to set up the house so someone suffering from Alzheimer's can navigate it more easily--and get the satisfaction of at least being to do some things on her own.
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