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DadPad Lets Alzheimer’s Patients Use Internet
“My dad has Alzheimer’s.”
DadPad lets a friend or family member add content to the DadPad web site. When content is added, within about a minute it shows up on the end-users iPad. The web site can also control text size, button placement, and other features which means the iPad user never has to do anything other than tap a button to see something new and fun.
“I can’t use a computer any more. I used to be really good at it, but I can’t figure it out now.” said Rolland Tucker, the founder’s father. “But this is pretty easy. I tap on something and I can read about it. It doesn’t let me get lost when I want to see something”.
“DadPad can completely take over an iPad, which means the iPad user will only see the DadPad app. Launching other apps from within DadPad allows us to maintain control over the iPad so that the interface doesn’t change.” said Jakob Andersson, the user interface designer for DadPad. “We also control the web browser, so the only option the user has is to go back into the DadPad app. They can’t break out into the Internet and get lost.”
“DadPad is designed with the elderly in mind. It is easy to set up, easy to use, easy for everyone.” said Brent Tucker. “We want older folks to stay engaged. I hated seeing my dad just sit around being bored. Now he can keep discovering for as long as his condition will allow.”
In the United States alone, 5.2 million people have Alzheimer’s, with another 530, 000 being diagnosed each year according to alz.org. The Census Bureau in 2014 reported that we also have 23 million people between the ages of 70 and 85. These people are still capable, but technology has passed them by.
To learn more about DadPad, visit their web site at http://www.mydadpad.com.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.