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CanPlan app review: helping people perform activities



If you or someone you love requires help with memory, cognitive, and other challenges, this app for dementia and other related issues can be a beneficial tool to use to make life go a whole lot smoother. The CanPlan app for your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone has been built for those individuals that have problems when it comes to performing activities in a sequence of steps. It can help those individuals work their way through the activity/task by using steps that are easy to follow thanks to the audio, text, and photos that can be included with them. The reminder and scheduling features make the tasks that much smoother.

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Helping with Everyday Activities and Tasks

The CanPlan app serves a very unique and important purpose allowing those with difficulty performing sequential tasks to accomplish them and at the time they should be done. The productivity app has been created to be used by those with Dyslexia, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, developmental disabilities, brain injury, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Dementia which includes Alzheimer's. You will be able to program in tasks/activities using text instructions, audio, and photos so the user can follow along and perform the appropriate steps in the right order. You can then set up a reminder so they will be alerted when it's time to work on the activity/task.

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The app has recently been updated with a number of changes, enhancements, and new tools/features. The app is free to use but you are limited to just three tasks that you can set up. If you purchase the upgrade for $14.99 you will have unlimited tasks. The free version is basically a great way to try the app out and see how it works.

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Activities Can be Smooth and Simple

Thanks to this app, activities and tasks can be smooth and simple even if they have a number of steps involved and/or need to be performed at a specific time of day. Some of the tasks you may want to set up include household chores, meal preparation, grocery shopping, exercise regime, transportation, and more. What's great is that the app is able to give the user a sense of independence and they get to be in control of their activities knowing they are doing everything as it should be done.

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Additional features include a schedule which shows the user all the activities that need to be done in that day, task categorization, an active task reminder which helps to keep the user focused and continue with the task until it is completed, audio timers/reminders, and the fact it is universal.

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Pros and Cons


  • Very easy to set up the app
  • Provides the user with the steps needed to accomplish a particular task/activity
  • Provides text, audio, and visual instructions
  • An audio reminder can be set up


  • There were a number of small issues affecting the app, which appear to have been addressed in the most recent version

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Final Words

The CanPlan app is clearly meant for a very specific user and because it works on your iPod touch, iPad, and iPhone users will be able to take full advantage of all the features and tools it offers. It's a solid Alzheimer's app and can also be used for related issues. 


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