Facebook users can experience a simulation of the subjective effects of living with dementia. Alzheimer’s Research UK have produced their FaceDementia app which has been designed to modify users’ personal Facebook pages (safely and without long-term damage to the originals), so as to erase and degrade important memories. It is hoped that mimicking one important aspect of how dementia affects the brain will help raise awareness of dementia in the community.
“Users can watch their personal photos, important details and status updates disappear before their eyes”.
Dementia Facebook app to raise awareness of the illness. London: BBC Health News, April 29th 2014.
Facebook dementia app to help highlight what it feels like to have dementia. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, April 30th 2014.