Dementia is a complex and debilitating condition that affects millions of people worldwide, especially older adults. This progressive disorder causes a decline in cognitive function and memory, and impacts behavior. Dementia can often lead to severe impairment in daily life.
Here at the Neurology Specialists of Albuquerque, board-certified neurologist Dr. Timothy Ownbey understands that managing dementia can be a challenging and emotional experience for both the person with dementia and their caregivers.
However, with advances in technology and health care, there are several helpful tools available that can help improve the quality of life for those living with dementia. In this blog post, we discuss five of the most effective tools for managing dementia.
Memory aids can be a great tool for people with dementia. These aids can include things like calendars, to-do lists, and notes to remind them of important events and tasks. Memory aids can be especially useful for people in the early stages of dementia who may still be able to perform many tasks independently. There are several digital memory aids available as well, such as smartphone apps and voice-activated assistants.
Taking medication at the right time and in the right amount is essential for people with dementia. Unfortunately, remembering to take medication can be a challenge for people living with cognitive deficits.
A medication reminder can be an excellent tool to help manage this issue. These reminders can come in the form of a pill dispenser that releases medication at specific times or an alarm that reminds people to take their medication.
Some medication reminders even come with a built-in tracking system, allowing caregivers to monitor whether their loved one has taken their medication.
For people with dementia who are at risk of wandering, GPS tracking devices can be a lifesaver. These devices can be worn on the wrist or attached to clothing, and they allow caregivers to track the whereabouts of their loved ones. This tool can be especially helpful for caregivers who are concerned about their loved ones wandering away from home or getting lost.
Personal emergency response systems are designed to help people in case of an emergency. These systems typically consist of a button worn around the neck or wrist that, when pressed, connects the person to a call center staffed by trained professionals.
These professionals can then dispatch emergency services if needed. Personal emergency response systems can be especially helpful for people with dementia who may be prone to falls or other emergencies.
Cognitive stimulation tools provide an excellent way to keep the mind active and engaged for people with dementia. These tools can include puzzles, games, and activities that help stimulate memory and cognitive function.
There are several digital cognitive stimulation tools available as well, such as tablet apps and computer games. These tools can be especially helpful for people in the early stages of dementia who are still able to participate in stimulating activities.
Managing dementia can be challenging, but there are several tools available to help people with dementia live a better life. With the right tools and support, people with dementia can continue to live a fulfilling life.
For expert dementia care, give us a call at 505-302-2765 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ownbey today.