INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 7, 2015)-- An Indianapolis native designed a new app to help families care for loved ones battling Alzheimer's disease.
Ashley Bryan's mother, Darlene, is battling Alzheimer's. It's a disease that will one day erase Darlene's memories.
"When my mom was diagnosed, I was devastated," said Ashley.
More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer's.
Ashley felt lost and overwhelmed researching the care her mother needed, so Bryan created Life in the Moment.
Life in the Moment is a chronic care management tool focused on Alzheimer's.
"The more I researched the more I realized the millions of people that were going through the exact same stress and anxiety," said Ashley.
The Memory Meals app helps users find brain healthy diet options for their loved ones. It will even send a grocery list to other family members involved in the caretaking.
The Life in the Moment website will also include several other apps in the platform, including legal and financial planning tools.
The Recess app connects users with other families dealing with dementia.
The HealthShare app is designed to get medical questions answered.
"You make an appointment with a dementia specialist. And then you can have that FaceTime conversation in your lunch hour in your office or ten o'clock when you are in bed and when you`ve got the time. When Life in the Moment launches in March, you'll be able to download the Memory Meals app from the website or on iTunes for free," explained Ashley.
The other apps within the Life in the Moment platform will follow later this year.
Tina McIntosh with Joy's House, an adult care center in Indianapolis, is excited for the technology to debut.
"Having Life in the Moment, one place you know you can go and trust. It will bring piece of mind to countless people," said McIntosh.
"I think about my mom every day. She is my motivation. Both to keep going and to make something good come out of this," explained Ashley.