Visit to AcTo Dementia

This is a website from Sheffield University which is  looking  into touch screen applications for dementia users.

There is a number of recommended apps.

There is also a forum, which I have joined, to communicate with the researchers, as it only had two messages in it. I doubled the number of messages about apps by listing the two apps I have been looking at and tested with my wife Elly who has dementia.

I would ask other drop-in users to use the site and make suggestions as to how apps could be developed.

Most commercial apps include distracting adds which take over and confuse the user. They also include in-app purchases which can cost and confuse the user. I know they have to make money, but a simple purchase up front or free would be the better options for dementia users.

Results of the Hackney Icare Website users Survey

6 People in the Dropin Centre visited the site  which is provided by the London Borough of Hackney for Carers.

The results were sent to Hackney Hackney Adult Social Care who run the site, but we have not had anything but an automated reply yet.

Answers for questions 1-6 on 6th December 2017 at Drop-in Centre for 50+’s
1. Did you try out the site?
5 out of 6 people tried the site.
Only one comment:
“It was very infrmative requarding current events. Please send me your feedback.”
“Yes, simple to use.”
2. Did you find it easy to use?
“Of course I find it was very easy to use, and I’ll continue to use it mre frequently.”
“Only with a little help from experts Rick and Michael.”
3. What was useful to know from the site?
“Medical Centrs Abney Park Trust,Access to various Projects etc.”
“Things to do, places to go in Hackney that I need to know.”
“The things to do section is useful in its relevancy.”
“You can adjust the text size and other accessability factors on the site.”
4. What was missing?
“Really not much as a carer. I’m interested seeing Residential Care Home and much more.”
Address of places, but there was a phone number to get contact.”
“I drew a blank on askinging about digital photography or photoshops courses.”
“Any News articles, there are only two listed, the last on is 18th January 2017!”
5. Was it up to date?
“Yes, it was very much up to date reguardng Current events.”
“Some of them.”
“Seemed so – Hard to Say. 4 Corners Website – Gallery and Events wasn’t”
“Policies and procedures are out of date, last annual report is from 2015-16.”
“Under things to do, FAQ it quotes “Median Road Care Home Sam and Annie Cohen Day Care Centre”, these have not existed since 2013!”
6. Would you use it again?
“Yes I would continue to use it again due to the interesting information given the general public.”
”probably not the cost of the website could be better spent elsewhere.”
“I try to recommend it as the place to go for carers, but it needs to be more up to date.”

Suggest a one line invite to IT Workshop

I am hoping this will be a start to design a card to invite carers to register with Hackney!

What would you put on a card, to give to people you meet that YOU meet who are Carers, to encourage them to come to the workshop?


I would like to invite you,to come to the IT workshop, where I learn about how to use computers and phones myself.

On the Back would be:

Wednesday morning 10-1pm

Whitmore Community Centre, 2-4 Phillipp St, London N1 5NU

Make a suggestion

I would like to see an on-line forum for computer users in Hackney, that can be accessed by computer users at home.

  1. This would encourage people to use their computers at home.
  2. Purchase a computer and broadband to use at home rather go to a centre to use one.
  3. Encourage 24 hour use of the computer when it is convenient, rather than wait to attend a formal group.
  4. Extends the length of support that can be given to 7 days a week, by volunteers able to be logged on, when they were available.
  5. Encourage social cohesion, reduce social isolation and reduce loneliness.