Teenagers Create Award-Winning Application For People With Dementia

Worried about how people with dementia were coping during the lockdown, three teenagers developed an app that uses music to comfort its users. The Nigerian-Irish trio (Rachael, 16, Margaret, 17, and Joy, 17) decided to launch the application, called Memory Haven, when their mentor, Evelyn Nomayo, lost her mother to dementia. The app beat 1,500 entries from across 62 countries at Technovation, a prestigious technology competition, as Inews details: 

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The app uses facial recognition. It will detect the person’s mood by reading their facial expression and tailor the music it plays accordingly.

It has five other main features as well as the music which include a health check, a photo wallet, reminder alerts, a memory game feature and a reach-out feature that can be used to contact friends, families, caregivers, doctors or emergency services.

They want as many people as possible to benefit from their app.

“The main aim for all of us was to try and help as many families, individuals and communities because we know firsthand how tough it is knowing somebody living with dementia,” they explain. “We hope the app can go global one day and reach millions of people who are affected by dementia and help make their lives somewhat easier.”

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Source: neatorama

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