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‘Annie’ gives carers the answers

June 17th, 2021

A new mobile app designed as a virtual skills resource for those carers providing home and community support for those with dementia is the latest technological innovation from Dementia Australia.

The app, called Ask Annie, has been supported by Gandel Philanthropy and developed by Dementia Australia with Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute.

Ask Annie provides short, self-paced learning modules to help those working in a community setting with dementia patients. Annie has a range of scenarios that are based on real-life experiences. It offers carers the opportunity to refresh their skills, learn techniques, find encouragement and tips that can help provide better care for those living with dementia.

More than half a million Australians currently live with dementia and that figure is forecast to grow to 1.1 million by 2058. There are an estimated 130,000 Australians providing home support and community care for those with dementia.

Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said: “The app is an easy to use, convenient training tool, able to be purchased by provider organisations as a multi-licence package for their staff to access anywhere and anytime.’’

The app provides a 10-15-minute check-in for workers to refresh their skills through an immersive experience, once they have signed up for the app that is available on their ‘phone or tablet.

Gandel Philanthropy CEO Vedran Drakulic said the organisation was proud to partner with Dementia Australia to launch the app and to further develop online learning experiences that lead to better care for people living with dementia.

“Ask Annie provides workers in the aged care industry with the opportunity to receive dementia-specific training that is practical, accessible and flexible enough to fit into their demanding days,’’ he said.

Ask Annie is Dementia Australia’s latest technological innovation, following its groundbreaking virtual reality training tools and award-winning Ted the Avatar: the goal is to provide training approaches that draw heavily on real world experiences to give carers greater resources to draw on when they are looking after those with dementia.

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