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5 Technological Innovations For Those With Dementia

by Holly Clark

5Technological Innovations for Those With Dementia

Dementia can be terrifying and devastating to both caregivers as well as the loved ones affected by this disease. People with this disease can now feel some relief due to technological advancement which is meant to improve the quality of their lives. This technology can enhance autonomy as well as independence, manage possible risks in homes and get rid of stress.

In this article, we are going to look at the 5 technological innovations for those with Dementia.

1. Communication Aids

Interacting with others is necessary for the quality of life in memory care. Individuals with dementia can remember how an event has made them feel, even if they are unable to recall the faces and names. Technology has simplified the interaction process with loved ones. Adapted telephones are now programmed with contacts that are frequently dialed and usually have bigger buttons which simplify their usage. It’s now possible to stay connected with loved ones who are distant apart via the video chat services.

“Changes in the brain caused by dementia begin years before diagnosis. And throughout this timeframe, there are no clear signsthat that person has dementia.” comments Jane Byrne, Project Coordinator at FirstCare.

2. Electrical applianceuse monitoring

This innovation is meant for caregivers who do not stay together with their loved ones. It controls the use of electrical apparatuses through plugging into a power strip or wall outlet as it will notify caregivers when their appliances have been switched on or off. These technologies do not makethe diagnosis of dementia easy. This disease is yet overwhelming. The dementiais now more manageable; this is due to the innovation in new technologies.

3. Reminder messages

Reminders play an important role as the caregiver does as they help to keep the loved ones safe and also retain their relationships. The recording of these messages is done on a device in the residential area and then played out loud at the most suitable time. Caregivers can record a message that when played reminds an individual to take medication at the appropriate time. Some gadgets are designed to play messages based on individuals activity. Some devices are meant to remind individuals with dementia to lock the front doorwhen leaving home. There are other reminder messages designed to help people with dementia on when to close the door when to go to bed and provide reassurance at times when the caregiver is not present.

4. Home care robots

Technological advancement has led to the invention of home care robots which will help reduce the caregiver duty. They are not designed to replace human caregivers, but instead, they are meant to do overall housework and remind individuals who are suffering from dementia on when to take medication or notify medical experts when assistance is required. With further inventions, home care robots may replace caregivers and handle their responsibility fully.

5. In-home cameras

In-home cameras are another technological innovation that is meant to enhance the safety of your loved ones from a distance. By either positioning the camera focusing on medication or in the entrance room can increase your confidence as you are sure your loved one is taking the necessary medication and also active. These cameras can monitor movements and also enable one to communicate with his or her loved one. It will also notify you if no movements have been detected for a particular period.

About the Author –

Holly Clark has been working in the care industry for 5+ years as a project coordinator. She regularly blogs about both the personal and practical challenges of caring and is always actively working on producing informative content. Holly is currently writing for Firstcare.

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 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Several Songs on Dementia and Caregiving

Thank you Bakhus Saba and friends for these beautiful songs that touch our heart. You might want a tissue handy. I know I needed a couple.

If you have a loved one who is no longer able to live at home or if you wonder what life might be like for others who can no longer live independently, this is a must listen to song.

Will you be moved to carve out time for a visit? Even a stranger can lighten a day of another. Will you be that stranger or friend?

Below is a song for those that care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia.

Alzheimer’s / Dementia – Knows No Borders

Below is a great tribute to so many. I was so proud my own mother was able to be part of this beautiful song.

Dementia – Younger Onset

Another beautiful song about Younger Onset dementia.

Stay for a Little While

This song below sings about how children have such a great impact on our elderly.

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

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Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Caring & Coping as a Working Daughter

This Episode of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is Available On & After: Tuesday – July 23rd, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 7pm London time and July 24th at 6am in Australia

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Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with author Liz O’Donnell about her new book, “Working Daughter: A Guide to Caring for Your Aging Parents While Earning A Living.”  Come and join the conversation as Liz shares some of her own story about caring for both parents while working.  We will find out some of the lessons she learned which can help the rest of us avoid the pitfalls that can exhaust us. Liz will also tells us about the positive side of caring for another.

Call into the live show a (323) 870-4602  and ask your questions or make a comment.

Contact Liz O’Donnell at her Website:  www.workingdaughter.com

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

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UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

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Free, Fun and Easy Dementia Friendly Activities

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Lori La Bey host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with Maria Brady and Nichole Bontrager of Maria’s Place. Come and join the conversation and learn about this great resource for FREE age appropriate activities for seniors and those with dementia. Maria and Nichole will share why they are so passionate about assisting caregivers engage those they love and care for in a dignified manner and how to maneuver their website.

Maria would like to acknowledge the continuous support of the residents, our Person in charge Brenda Keyes and Lucy and Thierry Flynn-Grillet, proprietors, in St Elizabeth’s Nursing Home in Athboy, Ireland.

This Episode of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio is Available On & After: Thursday – July 25th, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 7pm London time and July 26th at 6am in Australia

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Pages with lots of activities on them

Creative activities –https://mariasplace.com/creative-activities-2/ U

Body and mind activities –https://mariasplace.com/mind-activities/

Planning and education – https://mariasplace.com/planning-and-education-2/

Word games category page – https://mariasplace.com/word-games/

Specific Examples of activities

Example of Craft – https://mariasplace.com/painted-landscape-picture/

Example of a Quiz – https://mariasplace.com/food-quiz-1/

Contact Maria Brady and Nichole Bontrager:

Website – https://mariasplace.com/

Email – contact@mariasplace.com

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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Beautiful Song About Alzheimer’s From MOUNTAINCITY

Tuesday – July 16th, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 7pm London time and July 12th at 6am in Australia

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Lori La Bey talks with Dave and Tara Power of MOUNTAINCITY about why they wrote and recorded the song “Sweet Norma Jean” in honor of Tara’s Grandmother.  Joining us on the show will be Cyndy Luzinski the Executive Director of Dementia-Friendly Communities of Northern Colorado who featured MOUNTAINCITY at their first Community-Wide Intergenerational Memory Cafe and Concert in June.

Contact Information:

Dave and Tara Powers

Website:  www.mountaincitymusic.com

FaceBook:  www.facebook.com/mountaincitymusic

Cyndy Luzinski

Phone:  970-213-4548

Email:  cluzin63@gmail.com

Website:  DementiaFriendsNoCo.org

FaceBook:  https://www.facebook.com/dementiafriendlycommunitiesnoco/

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Below Video Compliments of Dementia Chats

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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Snoezelen Rooms – Can They Help Those with Dementia?

July 4th, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 7pm London time and July 5th at 6am in Australia

Multi-Sensory Environment and Sensory Stimulation

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Lori La Bey, talks with Ilse Achterberg has been an activity therapist and specialist in Multi-Sensory Environments known as MSE or Snoezelen for over 25 years.  Ilse is the founder of World Wide Snoezelen. Today we will learn what a Snoezelen room is and how they can help those with dementia, autism, ADHD and people with learning and/or multiple physical & mental disabilities.

Contact Information:

Website – WorldWideSnoezelen.com

Email – info@worldwidesnoezelen.com

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WorldWideSnoezelen/

Phone – (+31) 294 25 73 32

Below Video compliments of Dementia Chats

Those with dementia talk needs and strategies to incorporate when building dementia friendly communities and businesses.

Find out 1) who do you need on your team and why. 2) Why are the little things so important. 3) What others are doing that is working well.

Additional Dementia Chats Interviews:

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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Cheers to an Amazing 4th of July

Celebrate Our Independence Safely and with Pride!

The 4th of July is a great day to not only celebrate our nations independence, but to explore what independence means to us. Often I think we take our independence for granted. We can look at this day from many angles. Our political and military state, our right to vote, or our freedom of speech and on and on.

What Does Independence

Mean To You?

But today, I urge you to consider the importance of independence for those living with a chronic illness or disability, like a form of dementia.

If your memory or executive functions would start to slip away, what would independence mean to you? What would bring you comfort, dignity, safety and joy in your life? How would you want to be treated? What type of community would you see supporting you and why?

Share Your Thoughts with Us Here on Alzheimer’s Speaks

Enjoy the 4th of July Weekend – Be safe and Kind to Yourself & Others.

Below Video compliments of Dementia Chats

Those with dementia talk needs and strategies to incorporate when building dementia friendly communities and businesses. Find out who do you need on your team and why. Why are the little things so important. What Others are doing that is working well.

Additional Dementia Chats Interviews:

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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Dementia – Loving Them Through The Journey

July 2nd, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST, 7pm London time and July 3rd at 6am in Australia

Lori La Bey, host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio, talks with Kari Logan, about her journey caring for her father with Alzheimer’s disease. Kari shares her struggles and rewards as well as the lessons she learned and resources she found.  Come join us for for an interesting conversation.  Feel free to call in with you comments or questions.

Contact Infornation for Kari Logan

LinkedIn – linkedin.com/in/kari-logan-4084608

Website – www.editbeinc.com

Below Video compliments of Dementia Chats

Those with dementia talk needs and strategies to incorporate when building dementia friendly communities and businesses.

Learn:

Find out who do you need on your team and why.

Why are the little things so important.

What Others are doing that is working well.

Additional Dementia Chats Interviews:

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Juggling Dementia Care &

Finding Balance

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

Read Full Post »

Critical Insights To Build Dementia Friendly Communities

Those with dementia speak up about common needs and strategies they would like to see incorporated when building dementia friendly communities and businesses.

Compliments of Dementia Chats™ educational videos.

Learn:

Find out who do you need on your team and why.

Why are the little things so important.

What Others are doing that is working well.

More Interviews below:

What Questions You Have For Those Living With Dementia?

Downloadable Tips Below

UPCOMING PUBLIC EVENTS WITH LORI LA BEY:

Join Lori La Bey in Alabama

Coming to Woodbury, MN – Sept 25th and 26th

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Push Dementia Forward – Participate!

Find A Memory Café In Your Area

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A Dementia-friendly Worship Guide

Thursday – June 27th, 2019 at 2pm EST, 1pm CST, 12pm MST, 11am PST & 7pm London and 26th at 6am Australia

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Lori La Bey host of Alzheimer’s Speaks Radio talks with Lynda Everman and Don Wendorf about a new book they are involved with to help address the spiritual needs of those living with dementia.  The book Dementia-friendly Worship: A Multi-faith Handbook for Chaplains, Clergy and Faith Communities  is the first-of-its-kind handbook which enables congregations and faith communities to better serve those living with dementia.   Join us for a great conversion and learn about this initiative and others they are involved in, like UsAgainstAlzheimer’s.

Contact Information for Lynda Everman and Don Wendorf

Lynda Everman Email  

Don Wendorf Email     

Faith United Against Alzheimer’s, a network of UsA2 

Buy the book on Amazon

Also their Other New Book… Hot Off the Press!

Stolen Memories is officially ACTIVE It will be available for order via:

W & S Customer Service: Immediately
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Amazon: in 2-4 weeks
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Purchase Your Alzheimer’s Stamps Today, Tomorrow or Whenever You Need Them and Raise Funds for Research

The Alzheimer’s Stamp is available:

At Most Post Offices,

Online at https://store.usps.com/store/product/buy-stamps/alzheimers-S_564204 

or Call 1-800 STAMP-24. 2

UPCOMING EVENT WITH LORI LA BEY:

Join Lori La Bey in Alabama

Below is Hosted by
Artis Senior Living

Coming to Toms River, NJ – Oct 8th and 9th

Coming to Elmhurst, IL – Oct 16th & 17th

More Information to Come

Diana Pierce and Lori La Bey

Schedule Your Next Event with Lori La Bey https://www.alzheimersspeaks.com/contact-us

See what LeadingAge has to say about Lori La Bey

 “Feedback from the conference planning committee and our leadership team was extremely positive. Many attendees commented that she was one of the best speakers they had heard.” 

Pat Sylvia, Director of Education & Member Development LeadingAge WA

For More Testimonial

Fight Alzheimer’s Together

Video Interviews with Those Living with Dementia

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