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Dementia project creating a digital app to help communication between people

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Youth Focus: North East have teamed up with Newcastle University Open Lab, and Newcastle University School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, to develop an app aimed at young people who have a relative or loved one with dementia.

Dementia is the umbrella term for a number of signs and symptoms, caused by a variety of different conditions, including Alzheimers Disease. Up to 850,000 people in the UK have dementia. Most people with dementia are aged over 65, but it can affect people significantly younger. Dementia affects the person in a number of ways, but most noticeably through memory loss, changes in behaviour, confusion and difficulty communicating.

The project is funded by the European Social Fund. We will be working over the summer with a group of 11 young people, who will co-design, with Open Lab, the app. A demo will be produced, which will then be tested and evaluated during the back end of the year with young people and people with dementia, and organisations that support them.

If you would like any further information about the project, or to get involved, please contact:

Claire Troman – [email protected]

Jamie Mercer – [email protected]