In partnership with Sunnybrook Research Institute, Applied Recognition is creating an immersive application to help advance the field of photo reminiscence therapy for patients with Alzheimer’s and similar dementias. Our aspiration for FotoJog is a multi-faceted platform that will benefit patients, caregivers, families and doctors in the fight against memory loss.

It begins with memory capture: we create a simple & fun way for families to document personal history and stay connected with each other. As the collection grows – with photos, videos, audio and info – FotoJog will present an array of daily games, exercises and slideshows using rich, personalized media to help memory recall and reinforce retention.

With advanced emotion detection, FotoJog will learn how to interact with a patient in effort to lessen the effects of depression and apathy that often accompany Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Encouraging “FotoJogging” as a daily practice will allow families to stay connected, help caregivers learn about their patients, and give doctors a means of monitoring memory progress.
Platform: Under Development


Upload your family memories to FotoJog’s private cloud.


Add tags, stories, captions and audio guides to your media to help enrich the memories.


Daily games, exercises and slideshows use personalized media to improve memory retention.

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Therapy Overview

Preserving Memories for Alzheimer Patients

Photo reminiscence therapy has been clinically proven to be one of the few non drug therapies effective to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s and dementia. What the research also proved is that it is very time consuming to manually create these therapies. And this is where we can help. Using our face recognition technology we can automate the organization photos and the creation of photo reminiscence games and exercises, virtually eliminating 90% of the manual effort. family-reunion The following list highlights some of the key work in this area: Memories of a Life: A Design Case Study for Alzheimer’s Disease. “We believe that many individuals will benefit from the empowerment offered by participating in this project and interacting with the media.” (read more) Supporting Personhood within Dementia Care: The Therapeutic Potential of Personal Photographs. The study illustrates how readily available autobiographical material, personal photographs, might be capitalized on in the effort to provide care that supports personhood, and thus empowers formal caregivers in their ability to provide more person centred care. (read more) Reminiscence therapy for dementia. Four trials with a total of 144 participants had extractable data. The results were statistically significant for cognition (at follow-up), mood (at follow-up) and on a measure of general behavioral function (at the end of the intervention period). The improvement on cognition was evident in comparison with both no treatment and social contact control conditions. Care-giver strain showed a significant decrease for care-givers participating in groups with their relative with dementia, and staff knowledge of group members’ backgrounds improved significantly. (read more)

Depression Therapy

Reflection: A Literature Review of Recent Studies in Reminiscence Therapy

Author: Jennifer Rose Thompson

In 1963 the first study of reminiscence therapy was published. Written by R.N. Butler, The Life Review: An Interpretation of Reminiscence in the Aged, provided the theoretical basis for clinical studies involving reminiscence. Butler argued that one of the important goals of tackling depressive symptoms in older adults was restoring the meaning in life, and one way of doing this was through reminiscence.

Reminiscence has been defined as the “vocal or silent recall of events in a person’s life, either alone or with another person or group of people”. The act of reminiscence, according to prominent researcher Ernst Bohlmeijer, is critical to successful aging, as it helps to form identity and build problem-solving skills. In addition to identity-forming and problem-solving, reasons people engage in reminiscence include boredom reduction, death preparation, conversation, intimacy maintenance, bitterness revival, and to teach or inform. To read the full review – click here