There’s an app for almost everything, but some high school kids in North Texas noticed that there wasn’t one specifically for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia.
That’s why Vedant Tapiavala, a senior at the School for the Talented and Gifted at ISD Dallas, and his friend Rithvik Ganesh, a senior at Plano West Senior High School designed AlzBuddy.
“It was my experience volunteering at a memory nursing center here in Plano,” Ganesh said. “It inspired us to create this app.”
AlzBuddy uses pictures, songs, and games to help create memories for people with dementia and Alzheimer’s.
“Sometimes these people may not even recognize their family members. It takes away an emotional connection,” Tapiavala said. “We need to rebuild this emotional connection, not only with their own families, but to help them remember.”
AlzBuddy was not a class assignment, but a passionate project among friends. It launched in July and has been downloaded around 500 times in 15 countries so far.
“Really understanding how, for example, the elderly in a nursing home in Corpus Christi sing the songs in the app gives me a level of satisfaction that has only strengthened and strengthened my desire to be a doctor, as well. than my desire to help others, ”Tapiavala said.
“Knowing that people benefit from something that we have worked to create means a lot to us,” said Ganesh. “It means we can make a difference.”