Connecting people with memory problems with the ones they love
"I may no longer have the ability to remember everything but I still have the ability to feel” – Mary L. (person with memory problems)
MemoriesConnect, an app provided on a tablet or iPad, reinforces the memory of important people and events in a person’s life. MemoriesConnect helps a person remember that the person is loved and important.
A strong sense of connection with loved ones is an important part of the overall well-being of persons with memory problems. When your loved one experiences a slight decline of memory loss, it impacts their sense of self.
People with memory problems often experience feelings of isolation, frustration, and sadness. A question that often arises is:
"Who am I?"
MemoriesConnect, an app provided on a tablet or iPad, helps with a sense of “Who I am.” It stimulates memories and encourages conversations, both as it is played on a tablet and in everyday interactions. MemoriesConnect is specifically designed to help reinforce memories and strengthen the relationships to friends and loved ones.
“I was so proud of Mom, she enjoyed it a lot and she said it was easy” – George M. (son)
HOW IT WORKS
Frequent active involvement with the photo recall, puzzles, and matching games included in MemoriesConnect helps people with fading memories exercise their cognitive skills and hold on to cherished memories.
By using images of important people in the life of the person with memory problems, MemoriesConnect supports a sense of connection and identity.
- The app is played on a tablet computer such as an iPad.
- A family member, friend or caregiver adds photos to the app.
- The person with memory loss is shown photos and asked to identify people.
- We make it fun and entertaining.
- Other games include hand eye coordination and puzzle games.
Your privacy is our utmost concern! All information used by the app is encrypted and transmitted via secure server connections. We do not share data with anyone!
“This helps my staff and families love it!” – Gloria S. (administrator)
To participate in the MemoriesConnect App Test Program, you will need:
Apple iPad 2 or later with available memory (50 Mb or more) to install TestFlight and MemorieConnect apps
Your Apple ID (email address) and password
Ability to get an email notification on the iPad
4 Portrait photos – 1 of User and at least 3 profile photos of people, pets that the User knows (They should be cropped correctly before starting).
For additional information about our app beta-testing program and the app, visit our blog posts.
TEST THE APP
MemoriesConnect is currently in its test phase. If you have a (late model) iPad and would like to help us test and improve the app, please fill out the form on the right and send it to us.
Testing the app is a great way to take a first look at this exciting new use of mobile app technology to help people with memory problems and their loved ones.
Yes, I want to test the app!
"When using photo recall and matching games, you are helping people with fading memories exercise their cognitive skills and hold on to their sense of self" – Dr. Warren Wong
DR. WARREN WONG
If you love older people, they love you back a lot more. I learned that as a young doctor when I worked at a place called “On Lok” in San Francisco Chinatown.
After many years of working as a geriatrician at Kaiser Permanente in Hawaii, I’m really excited about MemoriesConnect. There’s nothing more important than love for an older person with memory problems. That’s the whole purpose of MemoriesConnect and we’re finally close to our first product!.
SUZANNE E. SAVET
I really enjoy making things happen “behind the scenes”. So it was great when I met Dr. Warren and became part of the MemoriesConnect team.
On a personal level, my Aunt Aurora had Alzheimer’s Disease and this is my way to embrace her memory in a meaningful way and to pay tribute to her.
HOLGER R. HEINE, PhD
I have been programming software since the early 1980’s and enjoy building new applications that require creative thinking and imagination. I thrive on figuring out new things and making a complex program work flawlessly.
The most challenging and rewarding part of my work on MemoriesConnect consists of taking Dr. Warren’s ideas and turning them into a functioning app. One important aspect of developing MemoriesConnect is the social impact that I hope the app will have.