Helping Memory Impaired People Engage with Others

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from: Longevity Explorers | Palo Alto

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One member spoke of the isolation engulfing his wife as her dementia advances. She can no longer do email but does enjoy Face-time and photo sharing with family and friends. However, she is unable to initiate or even respond to a Face-time call on her own.

The group struggled to fully understand the problem (inability to initiate) and then did some brainstorming about devices that would enable trusted family and friends to initiate contact from afar onto a device that would herald an incoming call with an attention grabbing signal and an easily detectable and operable ANSWER button.

Such a device could even be mounted on a motorized robot that could go right up to the person receiving the call to get their attention.

Outgoing calls would be harder to facilitate for a person who has lost the ability to take the initiative.

More than one person spoke of family members with similar limitations.

 

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Key words: 
dementia, social isolation, easy communication device