September 24, 2021

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An app for people with cognitive disorders and their caregivers

What if an app allowed the link between people with dementia and their caregivers to be re-established? This is the idea that came to Stephanie Herbach two years ago when creating Helpy. The project continues her mother’s discovery of Alzheimer’s disease. “I had to look for solutions for myself, to understand how the disease works. I realized that thanks to games we were able to recreate the link, to have fun.” Since then, the founder has met many video game players and made her debut. She and her partners have developed nearly ten games. Among them, a mime game of emotion, a general cultural quiz or a customizable puzzle with pictures of loved ones. A concept that allows the work of memory associated with memory.

TASDA-supported testing phase

A few months before the app was launched, TASDA (Technopôle Alpes Santé à Domicile et Autonomie) wanted to support it in testing Helpy with home help pairs. Yannick Fouquet is the TASDA project manager, and he’s the one who takes care of him inscriptions. “We are looking for ten pairs of caregivers who have an Android digital tablet at home so they can play together.” The test will last four months with a questionnaire completed at the beginning and end of the trial. “We want to see if the caregiver-caregiver relationship improves, whether the burden the caregiver feels changes in a positive way and whether couples have been able to take ownership of the app.” After this testing phase, the founders of Helpy are planning a final release at the end of 2021 that they will be able to offer to all users.

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