In this day and age of technology, in no way can we not leverage it. There are numerous ways the technological advances can bring new joys and make life and caregiving easier, especially for active seniors, elders and people living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia.
There are many different technologies that can help you in your everyday life, ranging from technology for remembering to take medication, technology for strengthening the brain, for improving memory, for staying connected with friends and family, to technology that communicates and entertains (such as apps for smartphones and tablet devices), and for exercise motivation. When it comes to dementia-afflicted individuals, technology can help with memory problems and daily activities, keeping safe, safer walking, and socializing and doing things one enjoys. As a family member or friend of someone with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or cognitive change, it is important that you introduce technology to them as early as possible so that they get used to it, which means they can use it for longer.
Here is a list of the top technological innovations that can be used to help older adults who have been diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease:
Medication apps for Smartphones– This can be highly beneficial for the busy caregiver by allowing them to trust the device (the app in the tablet or smartphone) for a medication reminder that can help prevent mishaps and dangerous injuries.
Smart Watch– The built-in GPS tracking device in smart watches for Alzheimer’s patients will make it easy to find a loved one who has wandered off.
Smart Sole Insert– The smart sole insert is basically inserted into the shoe, which can be purchased at any drugstore. In case your older adult wanders off, the smart sole will send both a text message and an email to caregivers to alert them (can also alert emergency personnel). They can then track the individual’s exact location from any smartphone, tablet or web browser thanks to the GPS technology in the insole.
Home Monitoring Devices– This type of technology is a great option for long-distance caregivers wanting to ensure their loved one’s safety at all given times, since the devices allow lights to be turned on and off, thermostats to be changed and also allows for a range of safety measures that will send an alert through smartphone.
These technological innovations can greatly improve the quality of life for those with dementia.
At Anthem Senior Living and Senior Sanctuary of Anthem- our newest state of the art assisted living & memory care facility, we empower our residents by encouraging them to use and integrate technology into their everyday lives.
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