Those diagnosed with Early-Stage Alzheimer's are for the most part still in control of their lives. Unfortunately, there are times when the disease gets the best of them and bouts of forgetfulness occurs. As the disease progresses, this loss of memory and concentration becomes the norm. With no known cure, it is essential that the diagnosed get all their ducks in a row.
Before the disease fully consumes them, those diagnosed with Early-Stage Alzheimer's will get to tell their story. A story that can be told back to them and their loved ones at anytime. This will be made possible with an app that allows you to record, curate, and recall memories.
Research & Insights
Our research showed that Early-Stage Alzheimer's has been known to develop as early as someone in their 40's, but it is more typical to see it develop in someone that are in their 50's and 60's. With this age range in mind of 40-60, we found that most are familiar with mobile apps even if they are not heavy, everyday users.
We looked into why older demographics avoided mobile technology and few reasons popped up.
- there was too much going in most apps, most didn't even know where to begin when first opening an app.
- they saw a disconnect in their children/grandchildren and the people around them, they were more comfortable interacting with people than screens.
- the words on the screen were too small, older people are drawn to/can only see certain colors.
We also saw that the progression of this disease varies from person to person, but there is a loose agenda in regards to getting their matters in order before they become dependent on full-time care.
An app that allows Early-Stage Alzheimer's patients to dictate their story and memories with the use of Cortana's AI technology. Specifically developed to cater to an older generation, notice the large text/icons, the contrasting colors that stimulates a soothing, calming feeling, and of course the ability to simply talk to Cortana and her doing the rest.
○ Cortana AI Dictation
- helps guide user to input information that makes most sense for inclusion in Memoir.
- user can view slides with Cortana voice-over with details of what the user is viewing
- asks specific questions about family, friends, life events, details etc.
- can retrieve information asked by the user.
- review photos and videos
○ Progress Checklist
- review and check things off of your to do list, such as see your accountant.
○ Connect to social media
- joining account with social accounts such as facebook will populate database of people and memories.
○ Add Legacy Contact
- when user cannot use app anymore as disease worsens, their legacy contact will have access to their memories.
User Personas and their Use Cases
I helped create the User Personas with Rana and Angelica.
Jenny and I created the annotated wireframes. We also created the app screens with Sketch and Principle with feedback from the rest of the team.
Angelica, Rana, and I made a short video demo of how the interaction between user and app would take place.