LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – A team of Kentucky middle schoolers won national recognition and a $20,000 grant for creating an app to help people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia remember to take their medications.
The Verizon Foundation announced Tuesday that the group of girls at Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville was one of nine student teams to win its Innovative App Challenge. They will work with the MIT Media Lab to turn the concept into a working, downloadable application.
The six seventh-graders banded together to create the app they named the “Pharm Alarm App,” meant to alert those afflicted with memory loss to take their mediations, eat meals and complete other essential tasks. Elli Tilford, one of the students, said she was inspired to create the app after losing her grandfather to the disease.
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