App that improves the lives of dementia patients

Scientists have developed the world's first app that can digitally assess how suitable a residence, care facility or other environment is for people living with dementia.

Called IRIDIS, the app will make a simple assessment of a person's home and recommend changes that can be made to the building, like lighting, colour contrast and noise.

The app has been developed by researchers in the United Kingdom and will also address physical aspects of design which impact older people's quality of life and their ability to live more independently. People living with dementia, family members and healthcare professionals using the app, will be asked to take photographs and answer questions about their surroundings.

With around 50 million people estimated to be living with dementia worldwide, there is a need to invest in our ageing population and provide improved services and facilities.

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