The AcTo Dementia project launches its website this week, where the primary focus is to recommend Accessible Touchscreen apps for people living with dementia.

All of the apps featured on the website have been tested using an evidence-based app selection framework by researchers from the University of Sheffield and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences. Initially the focus is on games and entertainment apps to provide independent activities for people living with dementia, although in the future this will expand to include other types of apps as well. In addition to app recommendations, the site also features support guides, a community forum and information on the supporting evidence.

AcTo Dementia is a PhD project by RAT group and CATCH researcher Phil Joddrell, supervised by Professor Arlene Astell. The project is focused on improving the accessibility of touchscreen apps for people living with dementia, with the following objectives:

  • Identify key features within touchscreen apps that increase their accessibility for people with dementia.
  • Develop an evidence-based framework that can be used to find the most accessible existing touchscreen apps for people with dementia.
  • Work with app developers to improve the accessibility of existing apps for people with dementia.
  • Share app recommendations with people with dementia and professional and family caregivers on a dedicated website.