7 Technological Innovations for Those with Dementia

Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have affected people across the globe and through the ages. While time has not brought a cure, it has brought new innovations which can ease the caregiving burden and help keep those diagnosed safe and more comfortable.

7 Technological Innovations for Those Living with Dementia

Learn more about these innovations and how they can help a loved one.

Technology for Caregivers and Those Living with Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s and dementia are overwhelming – for both those living with the disease and their caregivers. However, new technologies can help ease anxiety, establish routine, and improve the quality of life for everyone involved.

This kind of technology is called “assistive technology” and can promote independence and autonomy, manage potential safety risks around the home and reduce stress.

Here is a list of the top tech innovations on the market today for people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers:

1. Reminder Messages

Reminders can help keep properties and loved ones safe when the caregiver can’t. These messages are recorded on a device in the home and then played back out loud at the appropriate time. For example, a caregiver may record a message to play that reminds a person to take a medication at the correct time. Some devices can play messages depending on the person’s activity. For example, if a person with dementia leaves their home, a reminder message could tell them to lock the front door. This technology can also remind both caregiver and patient of appointments. Other reminder messages can also let those who have dementia know not to open the door, to go back to bed and to provide reassurance when the caregiver is not present.

2. Clocks

Clocks specifically designed for those with Alzheimer’s and dementia can help ease anxiety associated with a diagnosis. Someone who has dementia may confuse night and day and an easy to read clock can help them distinguish the time. This can also help caregivers who are trying to set a routine by showing their loved one that it actually is the time they say it is.

3. Medication Management

Medication management technology can be as simple as a pillbox marked with days of the week, or as high tech as automated pill dispensers which beep and open to remind caregivers and those with dementia to take their medication. Some medication reminders are also as simple as a vibrating alarm on a watch. This technology serves the busy caregiver well by allowing them to trust the device for a medication reminder.

4. GPS Location and Tracking Devices

Location tracking devices are a great option for those who have Alzheimer’s or dementia and may wander. Tracking devices can be worn or attached to the person in some way and many have alert systems that let a caregiver know if their loved one has left a certain area. This type of technology can also alert emergency personnel to ensure a speedy and safe recovery.

5. Picture Phones

Specifically designed for people who cannot remember phone numbers and may need to contact someone quickly. These phones have large numbers and are pre-programmable with frequently called phone numbers. Some of the phones come with clear buttons where photos can be placed so that the person can just push the button associated with the photos to call their loved one quickly.

6. Electrical Use Monitoring

This new piece of technology is specifically designed for caregivers who do not live with their loved ones. It monitors their use of electrical appliances by plugging into a wall outlet or power strip and will alert caregivers if their commonly used appliances have not been turned on or off.

Technologies like the ones listed above do not make an Alzheimer’s diagnosis easy. The disease is still devastating. But, with new technologies being developed, Alzheimer’s and dementia is more manageable than ever before.

What kind of caregiving technology have you found that improves the quality of life for those with dementia? Share your tips in the comments below.

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  • Julie

    The use of in home cameras have helped in assuring that mom takes her medicines. Mounted under the cabinet and pointing down at the pill box we can remotely monitor if medications were taken and give reminder calls to coax her to do so. Cameras to monitor entrance/exits of the home have been helpful as well to view visitors. And lastly silver dollar sized devices that mount or attach to different key areas in the home to monitor activity like refrigerator door, bathroom door, bedroom door… in order to determine activity in the home and alert if a fall may have occurred.

  • WallHanger

    I found a new web site that has free online reminders. When I’m at work if my wife does not respond to a reminder I get an email. I’m using it with an old tablet and she only has to touch the screen to stop the reminder sound. It is at ALZCOMCOM

  • Marie Flores

    Nice article on assistive technology. There are home care robots that helps seniors in household work, remind about medicines etc

    http://www.belmarrahealth.com/how-technology-can-help-seniors-grow-old-at-home/

  • Alice

    Nice Article indeed. I personally have been using this telephone-based reminder service called Memo24 (www.memo24.net) for a few months now with my mother in law. She is happy with it and my wife and I as well :-). You set your reminders using an online dashboard and then the service is simply making a regular phone call to my mother in law at the right time of the day and plays a message that my wife has previously recorded (also easily done using the online dashboard). Check it out here http://www.memo24.net, it might be useful to some people out there.

    Alice, Texas.

  • DJ

    I wish someone would invent a chadder box like Apple’s Suri that can listen and respond to questions from Alzheimer patients. This will keep them talking and engaging with something that keeps them active.

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