"Researchers at Oslo Metropolitan University in Norway recently reviewed the scientific literature and found that some common technologies can support time orientation, memory, and safety in people with mild cognitive impairment/dementia. Technology can also help relieve a bit of the burden on caregivers.
With the help of experts in the field and studies, we've compiled a list of promising technologies. Here are a few things to consider, when making a selection:
How advanced is the person’s dementia?
Is the user comfortable with technology?
How will the technology be set up?
Who will make sure it’s charged and used?
Could it cause agitation or concern in the person with dementia?
Is a Wi-Fi connection necessary?
Does it solve an important need or bring joy?"
Here are a few products that help both the sufferer and the caregiver of Alzheimer's Disease or Dementia.
Talking photo album: Early and mid-stage Alzheimer’s sufferers often have their early memories intact, however recent memories are beginning to fade. "Bring your memories back to life by adding a new dimension to your photographs. Create your own talking memory books and reminiscence packs. A wonderful adoption gift. Also ideal for people with Dementia, Alzheimer's or Huntington's Disease - Display family photos and/or daily reminders." Those who are beginning to struggle to identify those they know, create a photo album of their family describing their relationship. This electronic device is also useful as an instruction manual for someone who is living independently but often has trouble remembering how to use the microwave or dishwasher simply put in a photo of the appliance and record some instructions.
Motion-sensor lights: for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, these lights can help person from needing to keep track of light switches. These types of lights are very useful at night, decreasing the chance of falling by illuminating a room in case a person forgets about lights and their function. It’s important to note that for some living with dementia, automatic lights can be alarming — so make sure it isn’t frightening to your loved one before implementing them in your home.
Memory Picture Phone: This is a visual phone which is helpful for those who have difficulty remembering phone numbers. It also is helpful for those who may find dialing multiple numbers too difficult. This phone unit can holds up to 10 numbers and is easily personalized with photos of the person associated with the phone number that gets programmed into the phone. Additionally, this Memory Picture Phone has an emergency button that can be disabled if needed.
Clocks specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia: “People faced with Alzheimer's, memory loss and Dementia need structure, routine and focus. They lose the ability to recognize what time it is and whether its day or night. Placing large numbered clocks throughout the house or even in their room will enable them to see the time clearly. These clocks help reduce anxiety about the time of day and ease the worry of missing an appointment, your favorite show, mealtime or any other key event. Clocks that indicate daytime and nighttime easily can help from becoming confused during times of the year when light changes earlier or later than usual.”