Jazette’s late grandmother (Henrietta Kelley) was the motivation for this application. She saw how her family cared for her grandmother during this time and felt that there was a need for a mobile application that provides immediate information to family caregiving for their loves ones with Alzheimer’s.
This project was conducted during the summer of 2012 though the summer of 2014 under the direction of Yolanda Rankin Ph.D. () at Spelman College.
Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a disease of the brain that causes long-term memory lost, confusion, irritability and aggression, difficulty with speech, and patients. By 2050, an estimate of 11-16 million people in the United States will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Surveys have shown that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients face numerous challenges, including lack of familial support, difficulty dealing with mood swings of patients suffering from the disease, and difficulty balancing care of loved ones with the demands of career and personal life. This creates the need for easily accessible information and expert advice about the care of patients suffering of Alzheimer’s. Preliminary findings of our research indicate that caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients use their mobile devices in the diagnoses and treatment of patients. However no mobile app specific to the needs of Alzheimer’s patients exists. Utilizing expert advice, we have developed a mobile application to assist non professional caregivers of Alzheimer’s patients in the diagnoses and treatment of patients suffering from this disease.
- Spelman College Research Day , April 2013
- Award: 2nd Place Oral Presentation
- Association of Computer/Information Sciences and Engineering Departments at Minority Institutions (ADMI) , April 2013
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
Link to poster: AlzReasearch Poster