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A new app to help mild to moderate Dementia sufferers and their care-givers

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Together with the University of Nottingham in the UK, Eumedianet launched an app for people with ... More

Editor's review

Published 5 Mar 2020

Dementia is part of a group of diseases that effects the way people can think and interact with each other and can be linked to disease and damage to the brain. At any given time it's thought that there are around 50 million people sufferers with 10 million newly diagnosed each year. It's mostly found in the elderly with the initial symptoms being short-term memory loss and with speech and motor skills being affected. Over time it can also affect one's thinking skills, orientation, memory, language, comprehension, calculation, judgement and learning capacity. The most common form of the disease is Alzheimer’s which accounts for between 50% and 60% of sufferers. 

Among the millions who have been affected are comedian Robin Williams, former British PM Margaret Thatcher and civil rights activist Rosa Parks. It's even been suggested by some that current US President Donald J Trump is showing symptoms of early onset dementia. The disease not only affects individuals but also the families and care-givers who are responsible for looking after sufferers. The impairment in cognitive function is commonly accompanied by deterioration in emotional control, social behaviour and motivation. Now the good people at the University of Nottingham in the UK and a company called Eumadianet have developed an easy to use app that can help early onset sufferers. 

Thinkability is a very easy to use new app for both Android and iOS that uses Cognitive Stimulation Therapy to help people in the early stages of the disease. It features 21 different activities for people with mild to moderate dementia and is designed to stimulate conversation and reactivate the brain using sound, video, visual images and games. The app makes it simple to navigate one's way through the activities and uses both science and a good deal of care as it provides games, puzzles and physical exercises that can benefit sufferers, friends, family and care-givers. Each activity has two levels and provides a lot of fun to accompany the exercises. 

Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people worldwide and can be brought on by diseases like Alzheimer's or a stroke  that affect the brain. it can be overwhelming for both sufferers and the care givers that help them on a day to day basis. The idea for Thinkability isn't about making a large profit for the developers. There's a small one-off fee of €5.95 which will go some way to covering the costs of development. If they manage to make a profit, part of the proceeds will go back to the University to continue it's dementia research. 

Dementia can be one of the most debilitating and soul destroying diseases of them all - especially for our parents and elders that have looked after and guided us for so many years. This app offers 21 well thought out games, puzzles and physical exercises for mild to moderate sufferers of the disease with an aim to stimulate conversation as well as providing a good deal of fun for all concerned. It's available now for both Android and iOS in the relevant app stores. 

Thinkability is the interactive follow-up to the "Making a Difference” book written by Lauren Yates, Martin Orrell, Phuong Leung, Aimee Spector, Bob Woods and Vasiliki Orgeta. If you want to find out more about Thinkability you can check then out here: 

Website: https://thinkability.eu 

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Thinkability-108621280728440/ 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/showcase/5117964

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