New Health App Tackles Dementia
An exciting start-up in Cornwall called DiSC has developed the “Living Memories” series, an archive film based memory trigger resource on DVD for use with older people, particularly those with dementia.
The first DVD, with user guide, will be published in December and is ideal for group reminiscence sessions in Memory Cafés and residential care homes across the UK. The group have now received ethical investment to develop a digital app for use on tablets to aid dementia sufferers and older peoples with reminiscences of life in their early years.
Brian Norris, Executive Director of DiSC said “We have been testing the format and style of these DVD resources in Memory Cafés in Cornwall over the last six months. The feedback we have received from patients, carers and health professionals has been really pleasing. We hope that potential investors who have family members and friends with dementia will see the benefit of choosing our Bond.”
Partnering with the film archive of Greenpark Productions Ltd, set up in 1938, (www.greenparkimages.co.uk) means that DiSC has access to a fascinating range of documentary and other programmes about UK social and industrial history from the 1940s onwards. Almost every scene provides a reminder of life in the years after the Second World War, so is ideal for those of us who are baby boomers or older.
The Living Memories interactive digital app, which will have a rich variety of archive film, interviews and other memory trigger content, will provide an ideal range of resources to engage dementia patients and others. It will be trialled on tablet PCs in Memory Cafés and residential care homes in Cornwall and Devon during 2013 before being launched nationally.
Anoop Singh, DiSC’s Director of IT and Innovation, said “We hope that the DVDs and particularly the digital app will encourage patients to discuss their reminiscences with family, friends and carers. We also want to involve young people in interviewing older people, so that both generations benefit from the experience.”“We are very pleased that the CIC Association has selected DiSC to be one of the first members that it is endorsing for a CIC Bond. The Bond will be managed by long established Allia Social Profit Society (http://www.allia.org.uk/cic-association-cic/project/disc-cic/).” Anyone choosing to support DiSC’s CIC Bond will select how much interest they wish to donate to DiSC, with the balance of interest and all capital invested in the Bond remaining with the investor.”
In the UK there are currently over 800,000 dementia sufferers, with 670,000 family and friends acting as primary carers. By 2021 there will be over one million people in the UK with dementia. Dementia is the term given to a collection of symptoms that contribute to various different brain disorders. The various symptoms are caused by disease or physical injury to the brain and make up the progressive condition known as Dementia. Alzheimers Society