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The AcTo Dementia Project

May 2016

The AcTo Dementia project launches its website this week, where the primary focus is to recommend Accessible TouchAcTo image 1screen apps for people living with dementia.

All of the apps featured on the website have been tested using an evidence-based app selection framework by researchers from the University of Sheffield and Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences.  Initially the focus is on games and entertainment apps to provide independent activities for people living with dementia, although in the future this will expand to include other types of apps as well.  In addition to app recommendations, the site also features support guides, a community forum and information on the supporting evidence.

Members of the South Yorkshire Dementia Research Advisory Group have contributed to this research on two occasions: toward aspects of the design of the original study when our first two apps were tested by people living with dementia; and more recently toward the setup of the website.  Our experiences of attending the group have been very positive, as members are welcoming and friendly, very willing to participate and not afraid to provide frank and honest feedback.  Their input to our project so far has proved invaluable and we will be hoping to attend again in the future as our research continues.

Visit the website now at for more information and to try out some of the recommended apps.


The AcTo Dementia project is focused on improving the accessibility of touchscreen apps for people living with dementia, with the following objectives:

  • IAcTo image 2dentify key features within touchscreen apps that increase their accessibility for people with dementia
  • Develop an evidence-based framework that can be used to find the most accessible existing touchscreen apps for people with dementia
  • Work with app developers to improve the accessibility of existing apps for people with dementia
  • Share app recommendations with people with dementia and professional and family caregivers on a dedicated website

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