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Monday, 23 July 2012 15:31

Don’t forget new dementia awareness Android app


A world first dementia risk reduction app, developed by Alzheimer’s Australia, was launched for Android today following “overwhelming” local and international demand.

BrainyApp was originally released for iPhone and iPad in November 2011 and fast hit number one in the Australian App Store, with 41,000 downloads in just 48 hours.

The app is intended to help people reduce their risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, and demand continues to grow.

Ita Buttrose, National President of Alzheimer’s Australia, said Android users were keen to get a hold of the app.

“The rapid success of BrainyApp demonstrates that Australians are eager for information and strategies to help them improve their brain health,” Ms Buttrose said.

"It is extremely encouraging to see that so many people want to make active lifestyle changes to reduce their risk of developing dementia.

“We have had enquiries from people and other Alzheimer’s associations from around the world including The Netherlands, South Africa, Mexico and Iceland, wanting to know when the Android version will be available.

The app project team has said there are 280,000 Australians living with dementia today and by 2020 this number is expected to soar to almost 400,000.

Josh Guest, Managing Director of software company b2cloud, which developed the app, said the demand for the Android version shows that people have a real interest in improving their brain health.

“There are some really small things people can do to help minimize dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Mr Guest told iTWire.

“A lot of these things are simple steps and this app is for people in their 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, when awareness of these diseases hasn’t really kicked in yet.”

Guest told iTWire the app wasn’t a port of the iPhone version, and is instead entirely different, built from the ground up.

“The iOS and Android operating systems are different enough that each app can do some things the other can’t,” he said.

“There’s no wonder drug or cure for Alzheimer's, but there are a bunch of steps you can take to try and prevent it, and hopefully this app goes some way towards helping do that.”

BrainyApp is now available as a free download for Android phones and tablets from the Google Play Store. iPhone, iPod and iPad users can still download BrainyApp from the App Store.

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