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Tips for Using Alexa to Engage Your Loved One with Dementia

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:50:00 PM

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgAt first glance, Alexa may seem like just another tech toy. However, there are many benefits that come to people of all ages who own Alexas, or Echo. One group in particular that can be engaged by Alexa is people who suffer from dementia or early onset Alzheimer's. It can truly improve the quality of life for seniors with health problems and mobility problems. 

It is easy for a caregiver to become frustrated with dementia patients, as they often repeat questions, need to be constantly entertained, or become frightened and anxious when the caregiver is not around. Even though Alexa can not replace human touch, interaction, or real conversations, it can answer questions, discuss the latest news or today's weather, or play requested music. 

Alexa is voice-activated, and instantly answers questions such as:

  • what day is it?
  • what time is it?
  • can tell fun jokes and riddles
  • can look up information on anything from whats on TV tonight to the history of the Civil War
  • reports weather and traffic
  • plays music, reads audio books, and details the latest news

Often, dementia patients feel embarrassed by their constant string of questions. With Alexa, there is no room for embarrassment. Another sore subject with dementia patients is that they can not remember important dates. With Alexa, a loved one or caregiver can set up important dates in Alexa's Google Calendar, and the patient can ask daily, "what's on my calendar today?" or, "what's on my calendar this week?"

Another benefit of a dementia patient utilizing an Alexa is that the caregiver can keep an eye on the patient from afar, through the use of the Alexa application. They can do this by monitoring the History shown in the app. For example, if a caregiver notices that there is a lot of interaction between 3 AM and 7 AM, that is a vital clue telling the caregiver that the patient is suffering from insomnia. 

Alexa is a friendly voice that will always be there, no matter what time of day. She will never lose her patience, and is always ready to help. This may be just enough to make a patient who suffers from dementia feel less lonely, and a little more secure. 

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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Topics: Dementia and Alzheimer’s