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Alzheimer’s Research UK launches Facebook app to show symptoms of dementia

Alzheimer’s Research UK has launched a new social media app which simulates some of the symptoms experienced by people with dementia.

FaceDementia accesses a person’s recent Facebook activity and shows users what it would be like to forget where they live, work or go to school or who their loved-ones are, using a combination of personal photos, status updates and other information shared on their page.

Rebecca Wood, Chief Executive of Alzheimer’s Research UK,  said: “Facebook’s appeal is that it can gather your friends and family and keep them close, with memories and contacts all contained within one space. It also develops a diary of your life since you joined the site and documents your thoughts and musings during that time. We wanted to use these Facebook features to illustrate how those thoughts and memories can be confused, or forgotten altogether, as experienced by some of the hundreds of thousands of people across the UK living with dementia.”

Check out the app here.

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