The Core Idea
We have built an Andriod Application that would help in improving the lives of patients suffering from Dementia. Dementia is a syndrome – usually of a chronic or progressive nature – in which there is deterioration in cognitive function (i.e. the ability to process thought) beyond what might be expected from normal ageing. It affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, learning capacity, language, and judgement.
Also, there are multiple applications already present in the Google Play Store for helping patients with Dementia. Where we stand out, is with the list of features indicated below.
Key Notes about Dementia:
- Worldwide, 47.5 million people have dementia and there are 7.7 million new cases every year.
- Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia and may contribute to 60–70% of cases.
- Dementia is one of the major causes of disability and dependency among older people world- wide.
- Dementia has physical, psychological, social and economic impact on caregivers, families and society.
We have built an application with the following capabilities:
The application would be installed by:
1. The Patient
2. Caretakers and
3. Relatives/Family Members of the patient.
The Application has the following major functionalities:
1. Remind the Patient :
2. WHO AM I?:
A member of the family/caretaker would login and upload all the memories (pictures
Of them together with the caretaker, places that bring back memory to the patient) into the application
Patient Window has a “Who am I?” option. Clicking on this, the patient would see, The Name, The address and the Caretaker Contact information, followed by a set of images each tagged by The person who uploaded the image. This would give a summary to the patient of himself and the people around him who have registered with the application.
The Application also would help in identification of the person calling the patient, if both the Caller and Callee both have our application installed. We display a quick summary about the person calling which includes his name and the memories uploaded by him.
3. Memories :
As already mentioned, we have with us the memories uploaded by everybody related to the patient. Once, this is done, we display the memories uploaded by the caretaker, when the caretaker is near a particular range. We use GPS location obtained from the phone for tracking the locations.
For example: Say a Son uploads memories of himself and his suffering husband being together. Once he gets close to his father the application would automatically display all the memories. Uploaded by the son, helping in the identification of the person easier.
4. Patient Tracking:
We are planning to add a feature to display the current location of the patient in a map! This will be helpful in tracking the location of the patient if needed
5. Coherent Speaking Assistance:
We came up with this feature when demoing the feature to a bunch of people. The people who suffer from Memory Loss would often lose their train of thought. So, to help them with speech, we are planning to add a feature that assists people with questions that they can ask.
For Example: We plan to collect data of the relatives/caretakers. We can ask the patient to log life events and we can intelligently simulate questions based on that. We also plan to apply NLP techniques on the speech to predict the next probable sentence
6. Important Life Event Tracking:
We plan to register important life events of friends and family. With this, we can send reminders during important life events. Further, We can provide a ‘CALL THIS PERSON’/’SEND A MESSAGE’ option.
7. Scheduled Call and Message:
We plan to add a Scheduled Call/Message option. This helps in scheduling calls/messages for a later point of time!