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Published on Sep 15, 2014
Our application (working title: "SafeHaven"), is aimed at aiding patients in the earlier stages of dementia to more easily accomplish important everyday tasks in their home through the use of near-field communication tags. These tags are designed to transfer small amounts of data over a short-range, low power wireless link to compatible devices, such as certain mobile phones. In the case of patients with milder dementia, these tags can store procedural instructions, reminders, or contact information of loved ones that can be automatically and immediately used by a smart device (e.g., dialling a phone number, opening a video chat screen, etc.). Ultimately we wish to extend the independence and dignity of earlier stage dementia patients, allowing them to remain in their own homes, on their own terms, for a longer period of time.