Brainy App was developed by Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with Bupa Health Foundation to raise awareness of the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, and to help 'live a brain healthy life'.
‘BrainyApp is an evidence based app that guides you on practical steps you can take to improve your brain health. This is important to help reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of Dementia’.
The main features
To start with, a user is recommended to take the Brain Health Survey which will provide them with an initial score of their brain health. The app will then send personalised recommendations on what the user can do to improve their brain health; it features a selection of Brain Games to help the user keep their brain in shape.
There are a plethora of activities which add to the user’s brain health points with a range of activities including exercise, healthy eating, getting health checks, keeping their mind active and managing their smoking and alcohol intake.
What else can it do?
• The whole app is evidence based and provides the user with practical steps to improve brain health.
• Facts about healthy living can be sent to the user to aid with their commitment.
• The app also enables users to share their scores with friends and family online via Facebook, and they will even receive extra bonus points for doing so.
As ‘the world’s first app to fight dementia’, BrainyApp has a lot to live up to. Fortunately for the developers, the simple nature of the app makes it easy to navigate which boosts the overall effectiveness of the app. Although originally made for keeping tabs on Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia, the app can also be utilised as an activity log and as a general brain stimulant.
The interface can be personalised to suit the user’s needs, and they can compare their scores with friends and family, which adds a great sense of competition. Gamifying an app like ‘Alzheimer’s Australia’ have done is a big risk, but it has definitely paid off; BrainyApp puts a positive spin on something a bit more serious.