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Using Alexa to engage with your loved one with Dementia

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgAnyone who has had to deal with the heartache of watching a loved one go through dementia knows that they will do anything to help them keep their memories alive.  You want to help them stay active, stay at home and stay independent but you also know that there is a chance that they will forget something important or they will become frustrated easily with things like the remote control.  Alexa, otherwise known as the Amazon Echo, has emerged as one of the best things you can buy for your loved one who is suffering from memory loss, dementia or Alzheimer's.

Using Alexa to engage your loved one w/ Dementia is actually becoming a very effective way to combat the disease and loss of memory.  There are many features available on the device that promote memory as well as simply helping them to do simple tasks like working a radio or television.


Voice Activation

The voice activation on Alexa is the key to helping those who suffer dementia or other memory issues.  All they need to do is tell Alexa what they want, such as turning on the television, watching a certain show or listening to various types of music.  They speak, Alexa delivers, there is no trying to find the right keys on the remote or even finding a hidden remote.


Alarms and Reminders

The most common task for people with Dementia to forget is to take medications.   While it is common to forget, it is also the most important thing to remember.  Alexa remembers, even if your loved one forgets.  She will tell them when to take what medications so you do not have to worry about your loved one getting what they need.  


Events/ Weather/ Dates and Jokes

Alexa doubles as a buddy for Dementia patients.  She will tell them what day it is, what the weather is like and even offer up live traffic reports.  She will also remind them of events that are coming up that day such as doctor appointments or birthdays and will even tell the occasional joke when wanted.

 At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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