According to a study from the Rush Institute of Healthy Aging, the number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years, bringing the number of patients to a staggering 13.8 million by the year 2050.
To help the people inflicted by this deadly disease (the sixth leading cause of death in the United States), Chicago’s Clevermind, LLC has launched the Clevermind app, available exclusively for iPad, an app that will help not only seniors, but their family members and care givers deal with the challenges associated with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
The app includes a journal to track activities and goals, a series of brain exercising games, and even voice interaction via MYRIA, enabling patients to ask questions and make verbal requests thanks to the locally stored speech engine.
“Based on my personal experience with my father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 78, I realized there was a need for a comprehensive app that tailored to my father’s condition, so I decided that I would create one,” said Clevermind, LLC Founder, Glenn Palumbo via press release.
Added Vanessa Kowalski, whose family has been ravaged by the disease: “Clevermind promises to be a useful tool to help those with this disease, and possibly a weapon to prevent it. I would like to give my mother (whose side of the family this ailment has affected), myself, and my daughter the chance to stave off or prolong the debilitating effects as well as help with the day-to-day once it does take hold.”
Clevermind is available now in the App Store, and is free to download for a limited time.