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What is dementia?
Dementia mainly consists of a decline in a person’s mental and cognitive abilities critical enough to impact a person’s daily life. While many of us may go through certain situations our daily lives such as forgetting why we entered a room, remembering people’s names, etc. Dementia is much more than that. It is not just a particular disease, but in fact covers a wide variety of symptoms such as impaired memory, communication, and the decline of a person’s thinking skills.
How can technology help?
These days, due to the internet and other electronic devices some beneficial and useful tools have been established to help support individuals who are suffering from dementia. With new apps being launched in the app store every day, one of the biggest challenges for people would be as to which application would be best suited for them or their loved one suffering from dementia. Look no further, we’ve compiled for you the seven best apps to take care of dementia patients.
When it comes to the hassle of paperwork and other time-consuming things, which have to be carried out during a scheduled appointment with a doctor. This app helps to ease that irritating inconvenience; valuable information can be noted down through the iPad handed over at the counter to the patient, and that information can be later transferred to a computer or any other device present at the clinic or the hospital. Memory loss being evident in a dementia patient, this could be a very useful app to the doctor. As information lost by the dementia patient can be stored in the device and can be later revisited for cross-checking purposes. Medisoft technical support makes it easier for doctors to use their software and get instant answers for their queries.
- My House Of Memories
Used by 60 million people worldwide, this app offers a wide variety of cognitive and scientific games to stimulate the user’s brain by putting forward challenging games one step after another. This application is usually used by dementia patients to strengthen their ability to pay attention to the right things and ignore the irrelevant information in the game as well as in their everyday life. People could also use this with the chances of dementia occurring, to prevent the symptoms from occurring.
- Alzheimer’s and other Dementias Daily Companion – An extension of the book: Confidence to care
This application is devised by Home Instead Senior Care specifically to give ease and confidence to dementia caretakers. This application consists of tips and advises on how to take care of dementia patients, concerning their behaviour and situations they would have to go through on the day to day basis, this application also gives 24/7 caregiving assistance via phone or email.
- Alzheimer’s Society – Taking point
Being diagnosed with dementia can be very distressing for the person, and what better way to cope with that distress than sharing your experience and listening to other people going through the same situation. Taking point is developed for that very reason, providing a platform to dementia patients with an online support and discussion forum. People suffering from dementia or their caretakers can consult this online forum for advice related to the disease or just simply share their experience.
- Book of you
Another application developed to revive memories of people suffering from dementia. This application benefits the patient through reminiscence therapy by creating a personalised storybook of a person living with dementia. Helps you save precious moments using words, pictures, music, and videos. This could also be a fun activity for the person suffering from dementia and the caretakers as they can spend quality time together through this application.
This application includes some features specifically designed for dementia patients; this includes cognitive training tools such as games and puzzles to provide the patients with sufficient mental stimulation. Apart from that, this app also includes food and nutritional tools for medical information, which could be referred to from time to time by the person suffering from dementia as well as the caretaker.
These applications can make life for a caregiver just a little bit easier and the patient as well. Good luck!