Inspiration

Cognifriend was developed with the mental wellbeing and management wellness of the growing amount of elderly dementia patients at the forefront of our minds. Dementia is becoming more and more common and almost 800k Canadians are living with dementia in Canada. This rapid increase has impacted not only patient’s daily lives, but also that of their families, friends, and caregivers. Notably, this will create a larger burden on the healthcare system, meaning it is of vital importance to rapidly implement prevention strategies for all patients.

What it does

This tool was developed with the self-management goals of the patients in mind. As pointed out by caregivers and families of patients with dementia, self-management is one of the best ways to make the best of the lifelong journey they are in. That is why cognifriend aims to provide flexible approaches to balancing a patient’s day-to-day management goals.

How we built it

Built using react, designed with figma and Axure

Challenges we ran into

Bring unfamiliar with code and learning how to use the new technology. Using firebase and Google Maps API for the first time.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Our team was proud of our ability to create a user-friendly interface that is easily accessible and friendly to our specific target audience. Cognifriend targets a niche audience with a direct focus on elderly dementia patients needing a greater grasp of their self-management techniques. It does this via its contrasting, simple, easy-to-view, and accessible features. Additionally, it is a personalized hub that allows the use of personal photos that have been shown to stimulate patients more actively than stock photos. It is also a welcoming interface that is convenient for patients and caregivers alike.

What we learned

We learned how important it is to create effective self-management tools for elderly dementia patients to manage their daily lives. This includes how important it is for their friends, family, and caregivers to be involved in the process from start to finish. These tools allow the patients to constantly manage their mental, physical, and emotional wellbeing and can clearly affect clinical outcomes (as reported by numerous studies).

What's next for cognifriend

For future steps, our group thought of several features that could further improve the hub. In terms of improving features, adding a custom nostalgic music playlist would be increasingly beneficial to patients as studies have shown that listening to nostalgic music improves cognitive performance. As well, adding different difficult levels to the puzzle to challenge patients and enable tracking of results in order to monitor disease progression. Our group also thought it would be beneficial to link the data from the app with medical professionals, so that they can be regularly updated about their disease progression.

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