Newcastle Youths Develop App for Dementia

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47 million people worldwide live with dementia. 850,000 of these patients are in the UK, costing the government £26 billion per year.  The number of people with dementia is expected to rise 50%.

Rogelio Arellano, Patrick Renner, Susanne Mitschke and Gabriela Matic, a team of young people who met at the University of Glasgow, developed an app with medical advisors to help dementia patients and their carers improve their quality of life. Mr. Arellano’s grandfather has dementia; in caring for him, he noticed a lack of helpful resources for patients and their carers, particularly easy to use ones.

The app, called Mind Mate, is a sort of “digital nurse” that includes brain training games (with tracking options); a “getting to know me section” that collects personal information on the patient; list-making, timeline, and reminder tools; and a physical and mental well-being section with nutrition advice and music.

The app can be accessed via iPad, but they plan to release an Android version too. The app will be free for patients, with paid versions for their family, friends, and carers.

So far, the team, based in Newcastle, has completed a “soft launch,” receiving feedback from 40 users.  They have raised £6,000 of funding, but will launch a formal initial full-scale funding round soon.  They also have upcoming trials with the Scottish NHS trust as well as a presentation at an international health technology show in Denmark.

The app has received multiple awards including, but not limited to, the Converge Challenge digital entrepreneur of the year award and the most promising postgraduate business award from the University of Glasgow.

To try out the app, visit

Source: Tom Keighley, Chronicle Live; BQ, MindMate