CHICAGO – A new app developed by the College of Nursing at the University of Illinois can help improve the quality of life for individuals with dementia and their families and caregivers, its developers say. “We felt the best way to reach the largest audience possible to improve the public’s ability to understand the disease was to develop this app,” said Valerie Gruss, clinical associate professor of biobehavioral health science and co-developer of the app, in a statement. The “Dementia Guide Expert for Families” provides information about dementia, including the various types, contributing factors, risks, symptoms, stages, diagnosis, tests, treatment, management and communication techniques. It also allows users to find appropriate providers, and community support and resources. “This allows people to recognize early warning signs, enhance their ability to manage or self-manage the symptoms of dementia and adopt behaviors to improve their health,” said Gruss.
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