A virtual reality tool, developed by Flinders University, is coming to the aid of older people with early onset dementia, improving their quality of life while giving their carers a little peace of mind.

The MANA (Memory, Appointment and Navigation Agent) Calendar is a computer-generated “person” that can remind people of appointments and prompt them to perform routine activities such as eating meals and watching their favourite television show.

It has been developed by the Medical Device Partnering Program with input from Alzheimer’s Australia SA and is the first application of Flinders Thinking Head artificial intelligence research program.