HiLois is a platform that facilitates communications between the person in the middle of the “Circle” and their family and friends. HiLois is named after the founder’s mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s. The app was developed in partnership with researchers at the University of Cincinnati and a technology accelerator program.

HiLois requires no special hardware - have an older iPad that is not being used? Provide it to mom or dad and connect it to the network and you can send photos and messages to as easy as a text message. In moments, the post shows up on the iPad with an audible tone. They can enjoy the photos immediately from the family often afar. Other features encourage thinking.

HiLois was specifically designed to be ‘cognitively scalable.’ This means the functions of the app can be dialed back for minimal user interaction where someone with dementia has limited abilities, or fully engaged for those who are perfectly capable of tapping, typing and changing settings. The single app is role-based and configured as the VIP (where the primary interface is a photo carousel) or for the supporting Circle (sending content and managed by a standard timeline view.)

Hi Lois is now free to use! Users will receive unlimited access to the following functionality:

* Create your own private social network.
* Send photos directly to a tablet photo carousel (up to 30 photos on the free plan)
* Chat in the app with members of your private Circle.

Terms of Use for HiLois can be found at:

The HiLois Privacy Policy is available at:

What’s New

Version 1.3.8

We've added a on-boarding intro and squashed a couple of little bugs.

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
3 Ratings

3 Ratings

GmaRosemary_1950 ,

I would use it, but. . .

Here’s the deal, there are eight in our family plus nine grandchildren and three of them have an iPhone or tablet. Kids are computer savvy these days and they want to talk to Grandma & Grandpa in a group setting also.
Again, I would use it because I liked your privacy statement.

Developer Response ,

Hi GmaRosemary_1950,

First, thank you so much for the feedback! We really want to make sure that everyone has the ability to use technology to stay connected with their loved ones. Your family sounds fantastic! Sometimes special moments just happen in an instant, and since so many people have cameras on their phones we want to allow them to instantly capture those moments and share them with you, especially if they're not always able to visit in person.

If there are any specific things you'd like to see in our app, just let us know, as we'd love to be able to earn a full 5-star review from you. We're constantly working on improving the app in response to feedback from users and want to thank you again for the time you took to help us improve.


David Frey
49.8 MB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
In-App Purchases
  1. HiLois Monthly Subscription $1.99


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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