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Australian dementia app wins top award

BrainTrack, a free app that helps you privately monitor and understand changes in cognition over time, has this week been named the Best App for Good for 2023 by Google.

BrainTrack, developed by Dementia Australia and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A²I²) Institute, was recognised overall as one of the best apps in the Australian market in Google Play’s Best of 2023 Awards.

Dementia Australia CEO, Maree McCabe AM said it was fantastic to see BrainTrack, which has been downloaded more than 60,000 times since being launched in October 2022, recognised for the way it promotes early diagnosis of dementia.

“With more than 400,000 Australians living with dementia – which is projected to increase to more than 800,000 by 2058 – improving early diagnosis must be a priority,” Ms McCabe said.

BrainTrack helps individuals explore common cognitive concerns and provides brain health information through fun, travel-themed games that have been adapted from validated cognitive testing. Users can share their results with their GP to support the early identification of cognitive changes over time that may warrant further testing.

Google described BrainTrack as captivating and applauded its “unique focus on declining cognitive abilities and its ingenious combination of two beloved activities: travel and learning.”

“I congratulate the incredible team behind this groundbreaking tool that is increasing the understanding of dementia and raising awareness about the importance of monitoring and talking about brain health,” Ms McCabe said.

The development of BrainTrack was funded by the Australian Government.

BrainTrack is available for download for free through the Apple App Store or Google Play. For more information, please visit www.dementia.org.au/braintrack or call the National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500.

For the full list of Google Play’s best apps of 2023 visit: https://play.google.com/store/apps/editorial?id=mc_bestof2023_apps_fcp.

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