Getting Creative: New Technology for Dementia Caregivers
Caring for someone with dementia can be an extremely rewarding experience, but it also comes with its fair share of challenges. Sensory stimulation can be major factor in helping your loved one with cognitive impairment remain happy and engaged as they age. With a bit of help from innovative new technology, you can come up with lots of creative new ways to have fun together and improve your loved one’s physical and emotional state.
Tech Apps for Dementia Patients & Caregivers
My House of Memories
This free app allows caregivers and their loved ones to share memories and explore meaningful items from the past. The person living with dementia can use the “memory tree” tool to store photos, videos, and favorite items to return to them later on. The app user can even share this tree with others who are interested in staying involved in their dementia care.
Extra features include:
-Objects from a range of museums, spanning the 1920–1980s, that are meant to stimulate memory and conversation between carers and the person living with dementia.
-A simple design with touch screen controls for ease of use.
-The option to add music, sound effects, and videos to the experience to enhance the multi-sensory components and bring objects to life.
-Suggestions for activities that the person with dementia can do with their caregiver or other
-A ‘music box’ function that plays a selection of music by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic
Care and Connect: Dementia Friendly Places
This app helps caregivers find “dementia friendly” atmospheres in their area by compiling reviews and ratings from other carers. The developer has shared that, “As a researcher I have always had an interest in what makes a place, particularly outside places, accessible and enjoyable for people with dementia.” The app enables users to rate public spaces by things like staff interaction, physical layout, design, and ambiance. It’s meant to help families find calming, supportive environments (both indoors and out in nature) where they can spend some quality time together.
GreyMatters: Reaching Beyond Dementia
GreyMatters is an app for tablets that helps improve the quality of life for dementia patients and their caregivers. The idea began when a dementia caregiver recognized her grandmother’s vibrant spirit and wanted to foster those pieces of her personality that thrived with sensory stimulation. In the GreyMatters app, an interactive life storybook, music, games, and more help families preserve important memories and share fun activities with one another.
Activities on GreyMatters are meant to draw out long-term memory by recording life events, collecting family photos, and holding music from the loved one’s youth to help them connect to
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