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New Dementia App Helps Memory Loss Patients Find Memories

(Cornell University) People suffering from Alzheimer's and other forms of age-related dementia sometimes have trouble recognizing friends and family or knowing what to talk about when they visit. A new app created by a group of Cornell students offers to help patients stay connected to their memories -- and thus to their friends and family -- and perhaps will even help them keep a conversation going.,,,
[Remember Me!] is installed on the phones of the patient and friends, family and caregivers. Using GPS tracking and a connection to the cloud, the app can flash an alert to the patient when one of the group members is nearby. The phone tells the patient who is approaching and his or her relationship to that person, and it displays a slideshow of previously uploaded pictures. If the patient receives a text or phone call from someone registered in the app, a screen pops up with similar information.
"In anyone with a memory loss the first thing you do is to show them pictures and see if they are able to get back the memories," [one of the researchers] explained.
Once a conversation begins, the app can assist with reminders based on stored facts and previous conversations, perhaps suggesting questions to ask based on information it has about life events.
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