Eureka Competition Benefits Older Adults & Their Caregivers
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) recently held the Eureka competition which accepts applications for innovative mobile apps or web-based methods for people with dementia, healthcare providers and caregivers.
As described more fully in Eureka Challenge the NIA received more than thirty applications that could help people with the care of dementia.
Judging was based on five criteria: creativity and innovation, rationale and potential impact, value to relevant stakeholders, usability, and functionality and feasibility.
- First place prize awarded to MapHabit: This mobile software provides behavior prompts with customizable picture and keyword visual maps to assist memory-impaired people with accomplishing activities of daily living. The care management platform employs different interfaces depending on whether the user is a person with impaired memory, caregiver or long-term care community manager. Caregivers can monitor adherence to medication schedules or track other activities.
- Second place prize of $100,000 awarded to a team from the University of California, Los Angeles, led by David Reuben, M.D.: The web-based Dementia Care Software system, which was developed with High5LA in Los Angeles, helps specialists deliver care to many people with dementia. The case management software, which integrates with the electronic health record system, has already been used at UCLA to coordinate the care of thousands of people.
- Third place prize of $50,000 awarded to a team led by Kristen Naney, Ph.D., at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, Greensboro: The Caregiver411 mobile device application enables dementia caregivers to foster social connections through a messaging center and obtain tailored resources related to mental, emotional, physical, social, legal, and financial concerns. The app also enables caregivers to find local health specialists and other professionals. By connecting caregivers and family members with targeted information, the Caregiver 411 app can help people make informed decisions at each stage of the dementia care journey.
Winners will share a total of $400,000 in cash prizes.
All photos by MapHabit.
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