TAURANGA, 6 April 2022 – Kitcal, the New Zealand company that developed a specially designed tablet for seniors, is partnering with EnlivenPlus, a new service commencing in April by Enliven (part of Presbyterian Support Northern) for people living with dementia in their own homes. Kitcal tablet devices will be used as the technology of choice for the EnlivenPlus support programme to help strengthen social connections for people with dementia, their care partners and families.
According to the Dementia Economic Impact Report 2020, evidence is emerging that up to 40 percent of dementia is preventable by reducing physical and psychosocial risk factors such as social isolation and depression. With the stigma and misinformation surrounding dementia, those living with dementia would often withdraw from social circles, and become increasingly isolated from family, friends and wider society. The social disconnect magnifies the challenges of having dementia and often leads to depression.