They used a number of leading research studies to create the app, MindMate, which found that a combination of brain training, the right nutrition and physical exercise can slow memory loss and enhance the lives of dementia patients.
MindMate has been designed to be as user-friendly as possible for older people. Each section of the software has been developed through collaboration with medical advisors.
A closed Beta version is currently being tested by 40 volunteers affected by dementia and their carers.
MindMate was recently announced as one of the 38 winners of the Young Innovators Challenge, an entrepreneurial competition which rewards students who have business ideas with a positive social impact. The team received £6,000 funding which will help them launch the app to the public.
Patrick Renner, one of the team behind MindMate, said: "There are currently 44 million people worldwide suffering from dementia. In the UK alone there are 850,000 sufferers, of which 90,000 are living in Scotland. In the next ten years, these numbers are expected to increase by 50%. Moreover, dementia costs the UK more than £26bn per year.
"Unfortunately, there is no cure for dementia yet. People today are living longer, which increases the risk of suffering from the disease later in life. We want MindMate to have a positive impact on users’ wellbeing both in the short-term and long-term. You can still have a fulfilling life with dementia."
Fiona Godsman, chief executive of competition organisers Scottish Institute for Enterprise, said: "MindMate is an excellent example of a business tackling a problem that can be felt on both a local and international scale.
"Most families have been impacted in some way by dementia and this technology will make life easier, not only for those who have the illness, but for the people who care about them too."
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