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New app will “revolutionise” day-to-day lives of those with dementia, say researchers

June 6, 2017

A new app – which is currently in development – will help people with dementia navigate safely and comfortably around their own home, researchers have claimed.

The app, developed by Stirling University, will assess the suitability of a home and also recommend changes that could be made to the building.

The researchers say lighting, colour, contrast and noise in the home can all affect people with dementia.

The app, which will be free to download, will take around 20 minutes to assess an average two-bedroom home.

It will work by using a selection of photographs taken of the home and extracting additional data from a personalised questionnaire.

The app can recommend changes from adjusting the hue of a lightbulb to rejigging the layout of entire rooms.

Lesley Palmer, from the university’s Dementia Services Development Centre, said: “This is a unique opportunity to revolutionise how we improve day-to-day life for older people and people living with dementia around the world.

“We are creating a simple way for anyone to assess how dementia-friendly their environment is, and find out how to improve their surroundings.

“With around 50 million people estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, there is an immediate need to invest in our aging population and provide improved services and facilities.”

The app will be available from September 2017.

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