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Thursday, August 10, 2017

New Problem-Solving App for Family Caregivers Coping with Dementia

Dementia Advisor is a mobile app that helps family caregivers learn how to deal with difficult dementia behaviours and improve communication and problem-solving skills through interactive, chat-based role playing.

Dementia Advisor was developed by Sinai Health’s Reitman Centre for Alzheimer’s Support & Training in association with Acquian, a digital technology company, and funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Social Development Partnership Program – Children and Families component.

Caregivers learn how to cope with dementia through interactive dialogue guided by expert coaching. Each scenario is based on a real-life situation and takes minutes to complete. “It’s a completely different way of learning that’s really made for your phone” says Teresa Manley, founder of Acquian and co-creator of the Dementia Advisor App.

Dementia Advisor was developed specifically to help working caregivers cope with the stress of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. “The scenarios we’ve created for the app are based on years of clinical experience”, says Dr. Joel Sadavoy, Director of the Reitman Centre and Head of Geriatric Psychiatry at Mount Sinai Hospital.

The Dementia Advisor App is available in Canada and comes in iOS and Android versions. The app can be downloaded for free from the Apple or Google Play app stores.
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