Teen Creates App To Help Care For Grandmother With Dementia, Releases Free For Millions Of Caregivers
December 17, 2019
A high school student in Lexington, Massachusetts, developed an app that makes it easier for people to care for loved ones with dementia.
Logan Wells / Credit: Boston Herald
Logan Wells was 15 when his grandmother was diagnosed with the disease.
"The effect that it's had on my grandmother has been terrible, but it was also really hard on my parents and other family members," he told Best Life. "It became really hard to stay on the same page, because we had to have multiple group chats."
So, he came up with the idea for CareZare, which allows caregivers to easily work as a team through a communication portal.
Logan did the coding while his father, Eric, helped him create the original prototype and coordinated the marketing.
The free app allows users to create a profile centered around the individual with dementia and invite other people to join and receive notifications.
With the app, you can schedule events, confirm completed tasks, and even add a "heads up" such as the current mood of the patient or poor weather conditions.
Logan says the app is currently being used by over 600 families, and he's hoping it will grow.
"Our users have been great about giving us feedback so we can tailor the app to their needs," he said. "Caregiving is such an important issue for them because it's so personal for them, just as it is for me."
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