Helping Memory Impaired People Engage with Others

Listen to the Audio: Helping Memory Impaired People Engage with Others

Hear this discussion from our Longevity Explorers — circles of older adults who meet monthly to explore solutions to the challenges that come with aging.

Join now (free) | Log in


Scroll Down for Discussion Summary. 

from: Longevity Explorers | Palo Alto

Discussion Summary

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.


Log in to learn more and to listen to the audio recording. 



Interested in what our circles of older adults discuss?


Get Longevity Explorer Discussions by Email.


Sign up to get Tech-enhanced Life's email newsletter, which summarizes the discussions from our Longevity Explorer circles each month. See what our explorers care about, are interested in, and are exploring.

Comes monthly. No spam. Unsubscribe at any time.

Dig Deeper

Insights for Innovators


More discussions

Key words: 
dementia, social isolation, easy communication device