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Dementia 'My Life Story' app strikes gold

Australian company Aged Care Revolution has won the 2015 Gold Asia Design App Award in the category Health for it's photo album memory tool ‘My Life Story'.
The award winning My Life Story app allows people with Alzheimer's and dementia to record their life stories and memories.
The award winning My Life Story app allows people with Alzheimer's and dementia to record their life stories and memories.

The ‘My Life Story’ app allows people with Alzheimer's and dementia to record their life stories and memories. This can then be used as a tool for reminiscing, getting to know the person and to educate professional caregivers about the person and their lives.

The App Design Awards cover over 20 categories, recognising innovation and design within the app market and leading the charge to accelerate transformation through design.

Aged Care Revolution director Genevieve Major is delighted with the win. "We are very proud to be recognised through the Design100 awards. There is enormous potential in technology to improve the lives of those living with a diagnosis of dementia, their families and those who provide care. Our hope is that our win inspires more innovators in the field to bring their ideas to the market."

Deloitte Access Economics figures indicate the numbers of people living with dementia is on the rise, projected to reach 1 million Australians living with the diagnosis in the next 30 years. Research has shown that the creation of life stories for people with dementia can improve their mood and wellbeing, communication and the quality of their relationships.

Losing one's memory can be a frightening experience. Those who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease often endure fear, confusion and dismay, even in the early stages. What's effective about My Life Story is that it offers clear, concrete help.

By recording their memories, people are able to tell their stories even as the disease progresses.
By recording their memories, using their own voices and adding their favourite photos and music, people are able to tell their stories even as the disease progresses. It helps them to take control of their life, at a time when it may well feel as though it is spiralling beyond their reach.

My Life Story was developed out of close experience and consultation with people living with dementia. “We have heard from people who have the diagnosis, that one of their greatest fears is not having their life history and achievements known, and being treated as a number or an object by care providers," Aged Care Revolution director Genevieve Major says.

"Since these things are an important part of who we are, we wanted to create a way of preserving and sharing the memories and stories of those living with dementia in a really engaging way. That is why we developed the My Life Story app.” 

Research indicates that life stories are important and therapeutic for people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. By telling and sharing memories, individuals can improve their mood and wellbeing and make the most of their relationships.

Stories are also crucial in helping carers to better understand their patients and therefore provide better support. These benefits are particularly valuable when a person with dementia is going through the process of moving from their home to a care institution.

Visit the website to find out more about My Life Story app or contact Genevieve Major on 0408 904 531 or email gmajor.ot@gmail.com.

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