Our talented team at Leicester Health Informatics Service (LHIS) attended the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Annual Conference today, which held as the East Midlands Conference Centre Nottingham. The main purpose of our presentation was to present our brand new YOD mobile app which is aimed at people affected or diagnosed with symptoms of young onset dementia.
Young Onset Dementia (YOD) is the onset of dementia before the age of 65 years and it’s becoming increasingly recognised as a very important clinical and social problem in the UK and around the world. Young onset dementia can come with devastating consequences for the patients and those who care for them.
Being able to find age appropriate information and services for young people who feel they may be experiencing signs of early onset of dementia is currently limited and this has been explored through experience of working within this life changing area of dementia care.
The use of video and text content in this easy to use app provides engaging and informative material that can be viewed wherever, whenever.
The mobile app can be used by patients themselves or by carers and professional at the time of diagnosis so that in their own time, patients and family members can use expert guidance to help them to deal with all aspects of their diagnosis. And more importantly guide them to an array of services and organisations that can provide specialist support and information both locally and nationally. Plus educating the patient allows them to make informed choices and have good quality conversations with the healthcare professionals involved in their care.
Within the service directory sections have been categorised, such as: finances, transport, employment, living well, relationships, etc. Along with contact details for these resources and links to websites. Our app is simply a one stop guide for anyone confused or concerned about the impact of early onset dementia.