How assistive technology is changing the lives of seniors with dementia Published: 02/04/2019 | by Star Trader

How assistive technology is changing the lives of seniors with dementia

Assistive tech has come a long way in recent years. Here, we discover how technology has advanced to transform the lives of dementia sufferers and their families

 

Currently, over 1 in 6 people over the age of 80 have dementia, with over 850,000 people in the UK overall suffering from the disease. These numbers are expected to rise to more than 1 million by 2025.

There is currently no known cure for Alzheimer’s or other types of dementia, but there are ways to make life easier for sufferers. Assistive technology for dementia is on the rise. Here are some of the apps available.

 

Dementia Digital Diary Available on Android here

This simple mobile app is easy to use, and is designed to improve the lives of those suffering from dementia, and their carers too. 

The app lets the user know whether it is morning or night in a simple display that is easy to read. Loved ones can remotely add events to the app’s calendar, so the user can be reminded of things they might otherwise forget.

 

MediSafe Meds & Pills Reminder Available on iOS here and Android here 

Short-term memory problems that go hand-in-hand with dementia can make it difficult for sufferers to remember important tasks, such as when to take medication or reorder prescriptions.

MediSafe sends helpful alerts and keeps track of times and dosage.

 

Elevate Brain Training Available on iOS here and Android here

Over time, dementia diminishes cognitive ability. Elevate Brain Training can help engage and improve cognitive functions such as memory and processing, which are particularly important for a person with dementia.

 

GPS tracking

Providers like Weenect and SmartSole offer GPS tracking services specifically for elderly people suffering from dementia. 

Weenect Silver offers a tracker which enables loved ones to be closely and easily monitored. The sufferer can use the alarm system to notify you if they need help.

However, in later stages of dementia, the user may not be aware of when they need to signal for help. In these instances, an option like SmartSole may be more appropriate. This comfortable tracker acts as an insole in the elderly person’s shoe, so they can be carefully monitored without causing any additional distress

 

If you would like to read more about how GPS technologies are advancing, check out our blog here.

 

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