New App For People With Alzheimer’s Launches Today, Free For Limited Time

Clevermind

Alzheimer’s is a debilitating cognitive disease that currently affects an estimated 5.2 million people in the U.S. alone, a number that’s expected to triple in the next 40 years, according to a recent study. There is no known cure.

Clevermind, then, is a new iOS app that has been designed to help seniors, family members, and caregivers to better deal with the effects associated with Alzheimer’s. The app is available now in the App Store, and it’s free for a limited time.

“Based on my personal experience with my father, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 78, I realized there was a need for a comprehensive app that tailored to my father’s condition, so I decided that I would create one,” said Clevermind founder Glenn Palumbo in an email.

While the 1.0 app on offer itself is free, it is feature limited.

“We are essentially looking for feedback from our users, so we can validate the direction of the new and improved features planned for our future releases,” said Palumbo. “We have built the foundation. Now we intend to enhance Clevermind based off of what our users think is best for the day-to-day hurdles that come with different forms of dementia.”

Users are asked to provide feedback at (sorry, you need Javascript to see this e-mail address).

Clevermind aims to help challenge the brain and improve cognitive proficiency with a daily activity and goal journal, some games to play, trivia quizzes, voice-powered interface, and an integrated Facebook feature.

The idea here is to keep the brain active and alert, something that’s been shown to help mitigate the effects of Alzheimer’s sufferers. Clevermind hopes to bring these kinds of activities into action on a daily basis with a simplified and easy to understand interface.

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