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Langtoft firm Cognition Systems hopes to help dementia sufferers with iPad app

Tony Upward who has developed 'iReminisce' an iPad app for dementia sufferers. Tony, centre, is pictured with his wife and office manager Lindsey and lead developer Soni Thomas.  
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Tony Upward who has developed 'iReminisce' an iPad app for dementia sufferers. Tony, centre, is pictured with his wife and office manager Lindsey and lead developer Soni Thomas. Photo: MSMP040314-030ow EMN-140503-113547001

A technology firm has developed a new interactive app that it hopes will help dementia sufferers and their families.

Cognistion Systems, based in Langtoft, has launched an iPad app called iReminisce.

Targeted at those with dementia and their families, the app allows people with the condition to record their memories and share them with loved ones.

Managing director Tony Upward has a background in care homes and wanted to do something to help people cope with dementia.

He said: “One in five people will get dementia and there is no cure for it.

“When you have it in the early stages it affects your short-term memory. You tend to regress to a time of life with heightened emotions.

“With the app you can record people’s life stories. Carers can sit down to talk about experiences from the past. The family can be involved with the app on their phones.

“It is proven that this type of therapy improves the life of people with dementia.

“It helps social skills as you are engaging with something that is memorable to the person.”

Mr Upward said the key to helping people with dementia was talking to them as if you were in their reality, which can often be many years in the past.

He hopes his app will also help families who live further apart keep in touch with their relatives. He added: “A lot of families are desperate and don’t get to visit as much as they would like. Everyone is all over the place.

“The app is just a way of helping.”

Mr Upward already has support for his app from The Alzheimer’s Society. He hopes to convince clinical commissioning groups and care providers of the value of his product.

And last week he visited the Department for Health to talk about his innovation.

Mr Upward is offering his app for free to care providers in Stamford. To find out more call 01778 341365 or e-mail tony@cognitionsys.com.

 

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