Monday, March 4, 2024

Dementia app scores tech award

Dementia Australia has won national praise for its mobile app, Ask Annie, which aims to help care workers to provide better support to people living with dementia.

The organisation received much praise at this week’s 2022 Future of Ageing Awards.

The Ask Annie app won the Technology – Business category. The judges described Ask Annie as a “great concept and practical innovation.”

The Creative Dementia Workshops run by the Lithgow Community Alliance, were Highly Commended in the Community Engagement category. Judges praised it as “a very useful community engagement project based on sound evidence and good values”.

Talk with Ted, an artificial-intelligence avatar designed to educate care workers to better communicate and support people living with dementia, won the Dementia Care category. The judges described Talk with Ted as a “hugely impressive program” and awarded it the highest score for any entry across all categories.

The Awards, run by Inside Ageing, recognise leadership and innovation in aged care.

Dementia Australia Chief Operating Officer, Anthony Boffa said it was an honour to have Dementia Australia’s commitment to using technology to improve the lives of people living with dementia recognised.

“Dementia Australia is a world-leader in developing innovative technology learning tools that change people’s understanding of dementia. And with that knowledge they change their practice in the workplace which then improves the lives of people living with dementia,” Mr Boffa said.

“These awards demonstrate Dementia Australia’s commitment to supporting people living with dementia and enabling them to live as well as possible.”

Both Ask Annie and Talk with Ted were developed by Dementia Australia with Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute. Ask Annie was funded by a Gandel Foundation multi-year Major grant. Talk with Ted took three years to develop and was funded by the Rosemary Norman Foundation.

The wins build on Dementia Australia’s previous success in the Future of Ageing Awards, having won the Service Transformation category for Communities of Practice and Community Engagement award for Dementia-Friendly Communities in 2021.

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