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The apps giving Alzheimer's patients new hope 

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Several apps are being developed in the UK to help people with dementia connect with their families Credit: Joe Giddens,/PA

Simon Hooper is still angry. Almost two decades ago, his mother Pauline accidentally walked into a kitchen cabinet and was left with a runny nose.

For nine months, her doctor told her that she likely had a "cold".

“It turned out that she had been leaking cerebral fluid,'' says Hooper. “She got meningitis as a result of that fracture... then became paralysed.”

Pauline’s medical records were lost by the health services, so Hooper couldn’t pursue a claim of negligence. He was left caring for his mother for 15 years with the help of social services.

At the time, what struck him was the impersonal nature of the care.

“I began writing my mother’s life story on a tablet”, he says. “The carers soon became...

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