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Great Apps for People with Dementia or Alzheimer's

by Frank Herold
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If you have a loved one who suffers from Dementia or Alzheimer's, chances are apps are the furthest thing from your mind. The truth is, there are many helpful apps that can benefit Dementia and Alzheimer's patients and caregivers. Here are just a few worth exploring: 

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Free Apps

My Reef 3D Aquarium

If you have a loved one living with dementia, My Reef 3D Aquarium is one of the best free apps you can download for them. Using the app, seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's can create a virtual aquarium and interact with over 40 species of fish. 

The app, also allows the patient to zoom in on specific fish or feed them. Seniors who may not wish to interact with the fish can also enjoy the feeling of nature provided by the virtual aquarium. 

Download My Reef 3D Aquarium on iOS and Android for free, or get an ad-free version on iOS for $2.99.

MindMate

The MindMate app is a research-based mobile application that helps people with declining cognitive disorders like dementia. MindMate is an all-around app that provides mind-engaging activities, physical exercise programs, and nutritional advice to keep the body healthy.

You can get the app on  iOS and Desktop/PC

Iridis 

Developed by the University of Stirling and Space Architecture (Europe) Ltd, the Iridis app provides pieces of advice to dementia patient caregivers. Caregivers can use the app for tips on noise reduction, room lighting regulations, and furnishings. You can download the app for free on iOS and Android

Nymbl

To close our free app recommendations is the Nymbl app. The app provides balance training tools that help reduce the risk of falls. Although the app attracts monthly subscriptions, selected insurance providers can help you. Check with your insurance provider to know whether the app is covered. You can get the app on iOS or Android.  

Low-Cost Apps 

Your loved ones can also use low-cost apps for people with dementia or Alzheimer's. Here is a collection of low-cost apps that can help your loved one.

Flower Garden

Nature, especially green gardens, provide therapeutic benefits to people with dementia or Alzheimer's. The flower garden app brings these therapeutic benefits to your loved one digital device. With as low as $3, your loved one can interact with virtual nature to get a calming therapeutic effect. In addition, your loved ones can grow virtual bouquets and share them with friends. You can get the app on Apple Store

Let's Create! Pottery

If your loved ones still have a taste for art, they can derive relaxing therapeutic benefits from the Let's Create! Pottery app. The app allows them to stimulate their artistic imagination while managing their stress. Get the app on Google Play for as low as $3.  

More Dementia-Specific Apps 

You can also get more advanced apps by paying a little more. Under this category, you can try Lumosity. Although the application has an annual subscription of $59.99, it has more than 100 million users globally. Lumosity has over 40 cognitive training activities that help your loved one improve memory, language, and mathematical skills. You can access a free trial package on iOS or Android


At the Sarasota Bay Club, we offer several levels of care, from independent living to assisted, and skilled nursing care. We use the latest technologies to engage our residents, all while providing the best personal care possible.

Keeping patients with Dementia and Alzheimer's engaged is no easy task, however, as these apps show, it is important to try. Watching a loved one's face light up at the screen is a great sign of joy—for them, for you, and for us.

Learn more about our residences and additional services by scheduling a tour today. Call us at (941)552-3284 or contact us online. We look forward to showing you why Sarasota Bay Club is a great choice for you or your loved one.

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