There are hundreds, if not more, of apps available for people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's, and for their caregivers. Some can help patients retain memories better, some are used to track and detect the progression of the disease, and some are cognitive training tools. The Alzheimer apps for caregivers can help explain the condition and tell loved ones what they might expect, help keep track of medications, and more. Here is a list of the best Alzheimer's disease apps for the iPad.
The best Alzheimer’s disease apps for iPad
21 May 2017, by Cherry Mae Torrevillas
MindMate is the perfect app for those with Alzheimer's or some other dementia. It has reminder tools, games to help increase users' cognitive abilities, advice about exercise and nutrition, and information about dementia. It works well for those who suffer from dementia as well as those who care for someone who does. The goal is to help keep people as independent for as long as possible and to have fun doing it. The Tools section has a photo timeline tool; reminders for when to do daily chores like take pills, brush teeth, and eat; list-making applications; and more. There are eight different fun and interactive brain games.
- App for those suffering from Alzheimer's
- Good for those who care for dementia patients
- Eight different brain games
- Reminders for when to eat, brush teeth, take pills, and more
- Free Alzheimer's iPad app
Alzheimer's Disease Pocketcard was designed for doctors and health care professionals who care for Alzheimer's patients. It contains clinically relevant info on AD and tools that will help clinicians assess their patients and interview caregivers. It discusses the top 10 signs of AD, the latest info on detection, diagnosis, and management of the disease (both pharmacotherapeutic and non-pharmotherapueutic strategies), current diagnostic criteria, and more. It offers an index and full text search, education and support packets for patients and caregivers, and interactive tools. The app is a collaborative effort between Börm Bruchmeier and the Alzheimer's Association.
- Designed for doctors and healthcare professionals who treat Alzheimer's patients
- Contains clinically relevant info on the disease
- Tools to help assess patients
- Bookmarking and notes capability
- Top 10 signs of Alzheimer's disease
Peak is a brain-training app with more than 30 games designed to challenge cognitive skills. Developed by neuroscientists, this app offers short daily workouts and personalized games that will adapt to each user's skill level and help track progress using in-depth performance analytics. The free games challenge your creativity, emotion control, mental agility, problem solving, attention, memory, and language. You can compete with friends to see who can get the best score! This is the free version; in-app purchases give more features like advanced tracking capabilities. Check out our review for more information on Peak.
- Games designed to challenge cognitive skills
- Developed by neuroscientists
- Short daily workouts and games
- Challenge your creativity, emotion control, mental agility, problem solving, memory, and more
- Free with in-app purchases to upgrade
The Spaced Retrieval Therapy app uses spaced retrieval training to help those with dementia to recall important information. Recalling an answer over increasing intervals of time helps to solidify the information in a person's memory. The app works as a timer and offers independent data tracking and prompts. The app will increase the time between prompts when a person answers correctly, and decreases it when he or she provides an incorrect answer. This allows health care professionals, students, and family members keep track of the person's performance and intervals. Check out our review for more information.
- Uses spaced retrieval training to help people recall important information
- Recall an answer over increasing intervals of time with each correct answer
- Helps cement information into people's memory
- Helps caregivers and health care providers keep track of the user's intervals and performance
- Works as a timer, prompter, and data tracker
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Amyloids is a game designed to help Alzheimer’s patients. It’s created by the leading UK Alzheimer’s Research charity and also has an opportunity for users to send donations through the app. This game helps with critical thinking skills, focus and other mental faculties. The app has a simple interface and design, which makes it easier for anyone to use. View stats and choose from campaign play or quick play. This game is also a great for others to understand the challenges of research, raising funds and the actual physical part of fighting dementia.
- An Alzheimer’s iPad game
- Replicate the struggle of research and awareness
- Fight off the proteins that cause dementia
- Quick play, Campaign Play, Stats
- Donate to a great cause
Alzheimer's & Other Dementias Daily Companion is an app developed by Home Instead Senior Care and is meant to give caregivers the confidence to offer care to their loved ones so those afflicted with Alzheimer's and other dementias can live at home for longer. Users have access to tips and advice covering behaviors and situations they will have to deal with on a day-to-day basis. There is a search function as well. There are over 500 tips and solutions; it's a companion piece to the book titled “Confidence to Care.” Users may also share their own advice.
- Free tips and advice
- 24-hour caregiving assistance via email or phone
- Offline access to tips and solutions
- Rating system for caregivers
- Free iPad app for Alzheimer’s
Talking Point was developed by the Alzheimer's Society and is the online support and discussion forum where people with dementia, those who are concerned they might have memory problems, and the people who support them can go to read about other people's experiences, feel supported, share information, ask for advice, and join in on discussions. The latest version improved browsing and searching functionality, improved some performance issues, and improved stability of the app overall.
- Developed by the Alzheimer's Society
- For those with Alzheimer's or dementia, and those who care for them
- Join in on discussions, ask for advice, read about other people's experiences
- Feel supported
- Free Alzheimer's app for iPad
This app was designed so Precision Medicine organization can use the data donated by users in Alzheimer's research initiatives. The app uses HealthKit and integrates with the Health app to build a database of Alzheimer's and dementia research. Users get to choose baseline Health app data they wish to share and the app creates standardized files users can then email to any Precision Medicine Alzheimer's disease projects they want. The app doesn't collect, store, or perform any analysis of the data.
- Designed for Precision Medicine Alzheimer's research initiatives
- Collects mobile health data
- Leverages HealthKit and integrates with the Health App
- The app creates standardized files that the user can then donate for research use
- Users must grant permission for access to HealthKit fields like body measurements, vitals, sex, and age
Nudgu allows you to record reminders in advance. The message is delivered to the person’s home phone with your voice. Remind your loved one or person you’re caring for to take medication, say hello, or leave a short message. You will get a notification back saying the message was received. This is a great app because even if you get too busy to make the reminder call yourself, the app won’t forget. Once you’ve created the reminder, the app’s serves handle the rest, so if your phone dies or is out of range, the reminder is still sent. Nudge messages do not use your cellular phone minutes. All users will get 30 days of free messages and then there is an in-app subscription to continue service. Right now the app works in the U.S. and UK.
- Send a reminder to your loved one
- Record your message and it gets sent to their home phone
- Record reminders in advance
- Works even when your phone is off
- Get notifications that your reminder was received
HABC, or the Healthy Aging Brain Care app, is for health professionals ants well as caregivers and family members who care for someone with Alzheimers or dementia/ It is a three-tools-in-one, used to assess the patient as well as the caregiver. It tests the patient’s cognition, behavioral and psychological health, and functional deficit and then assesses the caregiver’s burden level. The app also includes a list of medications to avoid and makes alternative recommendations. Last, the HABC app offers protocols to aid caregivers in a variety of areas. For health professionals as well as caregivers of Alzheimers and dementia patients
- Easy to use
- Offers coping strategies to caregivers
- Three separate parts to the app
- Suggests medications to avoid
- Reasonably priced given the tools provided