Due to steady advances in both disease prevention and treatment our society benefits from a longer life expectancy but also faces new challenges. There is a growing demographic of older adults who despite of the advances made in other fields, still face the risk of cognitive disabilities such as dementia or Alzheimer’s disease.
While there are is no immediate cure for age related loss of cognitive ability, research has shown the preventive potential across several areas of activities, one of which is reminiscence. Reminiscence trains cognitive functions and also generates a feeling of accomplishment and self-worth which also facilitates to stay integrated with society.
In this project, we helped develop »Lebensnetz«, a playful application for older adults about life history, imagination and reminiscence. More information about the Lebensnetz project at lebensnetz.at