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A new digital service, informing people with dementia and their carers about relevant apps to help manage the disease, has been launched by the Health and Social Care Board in Northern Ireland.

The apps4dementia library provides a place for users to find helpful and safe apps to provide information and guidance on dementia, support for self-care and allow people to carry out their daily activities for as long as possible.

Developed in coordination with app evaluator ORCHA, the site offers a range of applications which have been independently checked and reviewed for data privacy, clinical assurance and user experience.

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The library showcases the top 10 apps that help with sleep, communication, keeping minds active, reminders as well as support for carers. The library was developed in conjunction with people with dementia and their carers who provided feedback on design and content.

Seamus McErlean, Health and Social Care Board, said: “We know that people living with dementia and their carers face challenges at different stages of the condition. The use of technology, in particular apps, will offer a range of support; provide guidance and information to those newly diagnosed as well as those whose condition has progressed.”

To help with the ongoing development of the library, a number of roadshows will be held across Northern Ireland during the summer to showcase the apps library for people with dementia, carers and healthcare professionals.

Lisa Simmons from ORCHA (Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Applications) said: “With thousands of health apps available it can be confusing to choose the right ones. This new resource will allow users to find high quality, trusted apps to empower them to self-manage their condition, or assist carers and family members help keep their loved ones independent and improve their quality of life.”

Two new dementia specific apps have also been commissioned which are anticipated to be added onto the library later this year.

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