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diAnoia: An app for carers of people with early stage dementia

Keywords: Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Digital Application, Digital Health Tools
Science For You (SciFY)
info [at] scify [dot] org
Digital solution and service (e.g. application/digital health portal/platform/AI based system/etc.)
Short description
diAnoia is a free smartphone application created by SciFY (www.scify.org) in collaboration with dementia professionals from Alzheimer Athens. It is aimed at the caregivers of people with mild cognitive impairment and at the early stages of dementia. diAnoia offers practical ways to help people with dementia improve their cognitive functions, their mood, functionality and quality of life. It offers cognitive exercises, ideas for spending quality time together, daily reminders, and allows monitoring of the frequency of mental stimulation. Thus, family carers and health professionals have in hand an everyday helper that: • offers printable cognitive exercises to work on memory, attention skills, in a familiar way for the elderly (paper and pencil). • makes exercises more attractive using storytelling: mental stimulation exercises are incorporated into stories that make exercises fun. • every day suggests ways to spend quality time together, sending notifications on your smartphone. • Reminds you what is important: key points we should not forget. • Allows you to keep track of the exercises performed (history). diAnoia is freely available in Greek, Englidh, Italian and Spanish. It can be downloaded on any Android device or be used through it web version. Thousands of beneficiaries currently use it. SciFY has also created a Marketplace that allows experts in dementia to create additional content in various languages. In this way, the content continues to grow!
Economic value to health and care systems, Economic value to patients, Impact on the health system’s capacity and resilience (e.g., health and care efficiency, continuity of care), Contribution to citizen empowerment
Carers can use cognitive exercises and get expert guidance even when far away from dementia support centers.
The practice/case/tool is “on the market” and integrated in routine use. There is proven market impact in terms of job creation/spin-off creation or other company growth
diAnoia is offered for free. After its widespread use in Greece, it has been further developed within the SHAPES EU project and translated in 3 more languages.
Geographical scope
The app is used in 4 countries (Greece, Cyprus, Spain and Italy)
The app is available in 4 languages (Greek, English, Spanish and Italian)
6,000+ users, many dementia organisations and professionals
Submitted in other database or repository of digital health resources that is publicly available
Yes, the SHAPES marketplace (link not yet available)

Additional information

to patients / citizens
Health promotion and wellness apps and wearables/virtual coaches
Digital tools to support health education (health literacy)/digital health literacy
Primary target patient group (age)
Adults (25-64), Older adults (65+)
Addressed prevention area(s)
Mental health
Use case and care pathway positioning
Treatment, Prevention and wellness, Rehabilitation
Ready to be transferred to
The practice has been transferred in other locations, regions or national scale in the same country.
Plans for cross-border implementation
Implemented and deployed cross-border