The InspireD app enables people living with dementia and their carers to create a digital memory book that stores personal photographs, sounds and videos. Users can then peruse these and in doing so, share memories about past experiences and important life events.
Users can also add typed or voice notes about photographs, sounds and film clips so that family, friends and carers understand why a particular memory is special.
The InspireD app has been rigorously tested and is freely available on the HSC Apps4Dementia library (https://apps4dementia.orcha.co.uk). The app is also free to download from the Apple App Store and Google Play store and will work on Apple and Android devices.
Although designed primarily for people living with dementia and their carers, the app can be used by other family members and health or social care staff across a range of care settings who are interested in reminiscence.
The development of the InspireD app builds on previous research by Ulster University which showed that reminiscence improved mood, wellbeing, quality of life and relationships for people living with dementia. More information about the app is available at www.theinspiredapp.com
Watch this video to find out how Dementia NI member Davie McElhinney has been using the app.