The app is the interactive successor of the book “Making a Difference”, written by Lauren Yates, Martin Orrell, Phuong Leung, Aimee Spector, Bob Woods and Vasiliki Orgeta. (ISBN 978-1-974790-29-7), see this link for more information.
I’ve seen an awakening in my husband, it’s like he has come to life cognitive-wise.
As an occupational therapist, cognitive stimulation and engagement of the elderly in acute care is challenging at the best of times, with COVID-19 we faced even greater barriers with this population. Using the Thinkability App during the pandemic on the acute care units for those admitted with baseline cognitive impairment or new onset deliriums helped with responsive behaviours and allowed social engagement the patients may have been missing out on as a result of no visitor policies. Patients ability level varied, however the flexibility of the Thinkability App allowed for customization of activities to maximize participation and engagement based on the individual.
In cooperation with the University of Nottingham, Eumedianet has developed an app for people with dementia, called “Thinkability”. The activities in the app are based on Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for individuals with dementia and their care givers. See this website for more information about this therapy.
This app is made as part of the European Induct project, see this project website, and developed in cooperation with ESR Harleen Rai. Harleen is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie research fellow working for INDUCT (Interdisciplinary Network for Dementia Using Current Technology). For her PhD, she developed this interactive touch screen tablet version of CST (Cognitive Stimulation Therapy) which can be used for people with dementia and their carers. She was supervised by Professor Martin Orrell and Professor Justine Schneider at the University of Nottingham Harleen has obtained her BSc. in Psychology and MSc. in Neuropsychology VU University , Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Want to give it a spin?
You can try out our ‘Arts’ activity on level 1 to get a feeling for how activities work. We hope you enjoy it.