Newcastle University experts helping dementia families with new app

Newcastle dementia sufferers and their carers are set to benefit from new Trip-Advisor-style app developed by Dr Katie Brittain Lecturer in Social Gerontology at Newcastle University.

Dr Brittain was inspired to start the movement to help her 95-year old grandmother who is living with dementia.

Through the app, she is hoping to create a listing of places that are ‘dementia friendly’, the places people with dementia and their carers enjoy to go, outside or inside. 

This story was recently featured in the Evening Chronicle where they featured a case study:

Una McLeod and husband Bill believe the new app will play a vital role in helping families often left feeling isolated due to dementia.

Bill, 83, was diagnosed with dementia five years ago.

A former driving examiner, Bill, of Kenton, found it difficult to adjust from being someone so capable and organised to relying on Una for everything.

Una said: “Because of the situation we are in, we need to make the effort to get out and about, otherwise Bill just finds himself sleeping in the house.

“To have something which told you about safe and friendly places to meet others and visit would be fantastic.”

The grandparents have now become regulars at the Silverline Memories Cafe in Gosforth where they visit every week to meet and chat with other carers and sufferers.

Una, who has three children, said: “This type of place is a great example of being able to go somewhere you feel comfortable.”

The full article can be found on the link below :

 http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/newcastle-university-experts-helping-dementia-8875095

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