Inspired by my experiences caring for my Mother and Father in law, both of whom have suffered from Dementia / Alzheimers, Dementia Diary was written to help improve both their lives and the lives of any carers. As such I will donate any profits made from this app to Alzheimers and Dementia charities.
Using any shared calendar configured onto the device, the app will display up to three calendar events occurring either today or tomorrow and an "all day" event. Provided the device is connected to the web, this information can be updated using any device with access to the calendar account.
Out of the box, Dementia Diary will function with no set up or configuration.
A variety of configuration options are provided by long pressing in the top left of the screen
- Screen Text Display overrides and Configuration
- Configurable Time of Day definitions (text and times)
- 12/24 hour mode
- Analog Clock / Digital Clocks
- Speech (long press centre of screen)
- Alarms (using event alarm configuration)
when acknowledged, the event is modified to indicate when this took place
- Background Picture selection (full or part screen)
- Slideshows (configurable time delays)
slideshow accesses a local picture folder called DMD for the pictures
- Various event information configuration options.
Screen colours can by cycled by long pressing in the top right of the screen.
The Screen can be 'locked' and 'unlocked' by tapping 5 times in the top left of the screen reducing the chance of accidental changes to the configuration.
A Note of Warning: This application is designed to be "always on". Please ensure the device is mains powered as it will drain the battery life.
Privacy Note: The app does not collect or distribute any of the information it displays.
Some minor bug fixes, added sound to the Events and Banner text
Ratings and Reviews
Good app - as long as you know a few tips
I’ve installed this after trying another similar app which seemed to have a bug and for which I couldn’t get any support.
This works well to provide a clear clock and the ability to remotely add events. We’re using this so that my mum knows what activities are going on in her care home and is reminded to go along.
When you install it’ll work as a clock/calendar straightaway. There no instructions in the app however, but if you read the rest of the description on the app store, it tells you most things.
The most important is that to access the settings you need to a long press on the cogs symbol in the top left.
The “remote” events capability comes from using the calendar in icloud. So you meed to ensure that the ipad you use is connected to icloud and that the calendar syncing is working OK.
You can create a new separate calendar if you’re using an Apple ID across devices so that just the events you want to appear in this app show.
The full screen photo slideshow doesn’t work well unless you want to edit all your photos first to make them darker or lighter so that text will stand out. Alzheimer’s patients benefit from higher contrast, so full screen background pics probably woth avoiding.
The app will display in a quarter of the screen which is still pretty nice. You will need to make sure all photos are 4:3 landscape however - others will display but with bits chopped off.
Some of the other settings are not immediately obvious... the Text Ovverides in the top left make more sense once you realise that you can scroll the Morning and Sunday boxes. The Morning scroller lets you set when different periods of the day start and what they are called. So you could change evening to start at 19:00hrs and call it something else. And you can rename the days of the week.
So it could be used for a non English speaking person.
Banner just adds another fixed message on the screen which appears when you use the banner marquee slider below.
“No Event text” sets the text which appears when there’s no upcoming event. I think the default is “Nothing’s happening today” or similar.
I had a problem getting the photo slideshow to work, but Mark the developer was quick to respond.
Two trick... you need to put photos in an album called DMD. Then select Background Picture first, choose a picture when it opens Photos and then select slideshow by changing the Slideshow rate from 0.
I haven’t had luck with the alarms yet, but that may just be an ipad setting somewhere.
Good value, definitely worth a try
Just what we needed to help LO with memory issues, and reduce anxiety and the phone calls that follow. So much better value than a purpose built equivalent on the market. The 12/24h display setting does not seem to work, though. And SOON is displayed during an event as well as before. I was looking for black writing on a yellow background for visually impaired users, but the cyan/black combo is not bad. However, overall, very pleased.
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.