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Alzheimer's & dementia caregivers have new resource with app


MADISON (WKOW) -- Battling a disease like Alzheimer's and other dementia can be challenging for families.

There's now an i-Phone app for caregivers to help make it easier. This application for caregivers provides an immediate way to access practical advice for all the behaviors and situations someone with Alzheimer's and other dementia may experience.

If someone with Alzheimer's becomes aggressive, has trouble bathing or has false accusations and paranoia, the application provides immediate help.

The solutions are from medical experts, as well as experienced family caregivers. The app includes over 500 searchable tips, solutions and a phone number resource in case of an emergency. The emergency number is: 888-734-8645.

Kristi Millhiser, Vice President of Finance and Administration at Home Instead Senior Care, says if you're out in public and your loved one has an aggressive episode, the application will help the caregiver find solutions to react quickly to the situation.

Millhiser helped design the new application and says this will help her family.

"My uncle was diagnosed with dementia and it's an app that I found helpful for my aunt. Being in the industry, it's easier for me to handle some of those behaviors, but it's a tool I was able to give her," said Millhiser. "Someone who didn't even know where to start."

The application provides a built-in rating system for caregivers to evaluate each tip. That will make it easy for other caregivers to see which strategies worked and which didn't work.

The Alzheimer's app is only available for i-Phone users. The company who make the application "Home Instead Senior Care" is currently working on an app for Android users.

Click here for more information. You can download the app at the iPhone store with your phone.

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