There are many electronic devices available to improve the quality of life for people with memory loss or dementia and help them to live safely and independently at home.
Some of those available are:
Reminder messages where a recorded voice prompts someone to do something, e.g. pick up their keys or lock the front door. Family members can record personal and reassuring messages, like ‘Don’t let strangers in the house, Dad’.
Location aids help people to find frequently mislaid items around the home. The colour-coded system links individual items to a radio transmitter. When the item is lost, the corresponding colour-coded button is pressed.
Clocks and calendars remind people which day it is. Some show the date, day of the week and whether it is morning/evening too (useful in the summer).
Computer software and apps have been shown to help people with memory loss or dementia and touchscreen technology has now made it easier for people to use computers, tablets and iPads.
Information and advice
The Alzheimer’s Society provides detailed information about products which may be helpful for people with dementia. There is also an online shop.
AskSARA is an online resource which provides expert advice on products that make daily living easier, including memory aids to help you at home and outside the home. For a list of demonstration centres in the UK, click on the map.
Memory Apps for Dementia recommends specific apps as ‘perfect mind stimulation’.
Book of You allows people with dementia to record their life story using words, pictures, music and film to show who they were and who they are now.