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New app for people with dementia and carers

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APPY TO HELP: The LIV app makes living at home for longer an easier proposition for many Australians with dementia.

APPY TO HELP: The LIV app makes living at home for longer an easier proposition for many Australians with dementia.

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A new app has been developed to help people with dementia live at home for longer.

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A new app has been developed to make life easier for people living with dementia and their carers.

The LIV well with dementia app is a government initiative which aims to make it easier for people with dementia to live at home for longer.

An estimated 1.6 million Australians were involved in the care of someone living with dementia last year. Around 70 per cent of people living with the condition are still living in their communities.

App developers Miroma Project Factory worked closely with Northern Sydney Dementia Collaboration, Northern Beaches Community Care, Multicultural Communities of the Illawarra, people living with dementia and their communities.

The app provides access to information, resources, local services and relevant policy information relating to the condition. It also offers a way to connect users with supportive social networks, friends and family.

LIV makes it easy for people to access help performing simple daily tasks, advice from people in similar situations, or to keep people up to date with daily activities.

Features include:

Local services: A list of relevant and useful community, health and commercial services.

Forums: Peer-based groups made up of people in a similar situation, who can listen, offer validation, support, tips and tricks.

Resources: Relevant information for people living with dementia and their carers.

Community of care: People living with dementia or carers can invite friends, family and local community members to join private social networks, allowing users to ask for the support they need or offer advice.

Co-designer Jennifer Wilson said the app made it easy for people dealing with dementia to get the help they needed.

"We know that people living with dementia and their carers are proud, capable people, but even the best of us can do with a hand every now and then," she said.

LIV is available to download via Apple App and Google Play.

For more information click HERE

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