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Dementia friendly spaces

A new online app Care and Connect has been designed to help us to interact and connect when out and about.

In the UK, there has been great progress in creating dementia friendly communities. But as many of us are aware, it is not always easy to plan ahead for trips out and about - such as going for a coffee with friends or visiting the cinema. We don’t know in advance if the places we wish to visit have considered how their service might be experienced by someone living with dementia.

Dr Katie Brittain, a researcher at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing has been developing an app that can help carers and people with dementia find appropriate, dementia friendly spaces in their local community, or that can help carers plan trips further afield.

Users of the app can rate places according to their experience, so that other people can share these insights and make decisions about where to visit or where to avoid. This information will become richer as more people from more places contribute their views.

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The App is free and is available for Android and IOS: You can read more about it, and try it out from these links:

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Dementia Care: Staying Connected and Living Well

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