Posted on Nov 11, 2014
As the life expectancy of the average American is up to almost 79 as of 2012, the onset of Alzheimer's and dementia is becoming more prevalent as it is a disease that is most prevalent in those over the age of 65. It is estimated that by the year 2050, the number of those affected by the disease will jump from 37 million today, to 115 million. Alzheimer’s is a disease that affects the short term memory of those afflicted, so they might still be able to speak of a story from their childhood in great detail, but events that happened more recently tend to slip from their memory quicker.
In order to maintain their strong commitment to corporate social responsibility, Infobyte has created the app PictureMe to serve as an aid in reminding those with Alzheimer's key points of their day. The app instantly records photos for the wearer every few seconds throughout the day that can be reviewed at the end of the day, or whenever the wearer wants to view them. This is shown to reduce memory loss and protect neurons.
The App is free and is available for download at the GooglePlay app store. All proceeds go to the NGO Salud Activia, (http://www.saludactiva.org.ar/) a not-for-profit that works to improve the quality of life of those with dimentia and Alzheimer’s as well as working to improve awareness and treatment for the condition.
Because smartphones are becoming more common, and being in the Silicon Valley, an area for the technolocial savvy, the app is becoming a more ideal way of serving our seniors. Senior Helpers of Moraga wants to know, does your Bay Area senior use a smartphone and would they benefit from an app like this?
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