This project focused on an app called ScrApp, that uses reminiscent and musical therapy to attempt to slow down the decline in the cognitive abilities of the users in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s. The collected data and research allowed the creation of an app that allows users to create slideshows based on a certain event. These events can then be found on the users’ timeline. The goal is to allow users in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s to have a portable, easily accessible and easy to use app that can improve their cognitive abilities and their relationships with others.
The proposed solution is a smart phone application that can be accessed whenever and wherever users desire. ScrApp would provide users with a platform to store memorable events and landmarks from their life using slideshows. The app could be accessed by the people closest to the user, allowing them to add pictures and comments. It could also be used as a bonding activity between members. This application would contain three main focused steps: An email is all that would be required to create a profile and a password for security. The main screen of the app would be the timeline. With minimal features it would optimise usability for a user base that potentially may not have vast experience with technology. The concept of a timeline allows users to view all their data on the one page eliminating the confusion that can arise when flipping between screens. Each memory entry would be given its own button on the timeline and would be ordered according to the year. Memories will be labelled with a year, title and picture to help users distinguish them with ease. ScrApp would allow you to create a slideshow. The slideshow can be accompanied with music which research has shown to help with autobiographical memory retrieval. Comments can also be added to the slideshow, for users to share stories and add any desired notes. The slideshow would create itself, all the user would have to do is input his/her pictures, videos and music. This app is aimed not only to help reduce memory difficulties but also enhance relationships with loved ones. Members will have access to the timeline and can contribute to the slideshows with additional pictures, video or music, or just by leaving a comment. ScrApp is a tool intended to help strengthen bonds between the user and those around them. Allowing carers to receive a better insight into their life and giving family members opportunities to reflect on memories with their loved one.
A lot of work has been done on assistive technology for individuals in the early stages of dementia and Alzheimer’s. We created an app which uses both individual and group therapy. The research and questionnaire carried out found that a majority people reacted positively to the content and goals of ScrApp. Finally, our usability testing got positive responses on the apps design and features. The use of technology might be hard for older individuals, the app is designed to provide a clean and easy to use interface. Another limitation found is the lack of a physical objects, comments were added to show that the slideshow was shared. Finally, the results of using ScrApp might vary depending on the individual users. ScrApp is designed to improve the cognitive functions of the target users.