We've worked with thousands of families and care organisations across the world to discover and supply the best dementia products. From memory loss to wandering, sometimes a little helping hand from technology can change the life of someone living with dementia.
These innovative Alzheimer's products range from assistive technologies to a simple music player, but they all have the potential to make living with dementia a better experience for everyone.
Dementia Products - Advanced GPS Tracking Watch w/ Optional Locking Strap
“The World's Best GPS Tracking Watch”
When wandering becomes a common occurrence for someone with dementia, families and carers often feel left with few options to help the individual live independently. Thankfully advanced technologies allow your loved one to enjoy life in their own home or care facility for longer, whilst offering pease of mind and safety to those concerned with their safety.
Some of the things that make this GPS Watch stand out from others on the market (like the one below) are a 7-day battery life (much longer than others with similar features), a optional locking strap (so the wearer can't lose or discard the watch) and auto-answer, so when the wearer is wandering or lost, you can speak with them without them needing to do anything.
Dementia Products - GPS Tracking Watch / Phone
“Peace of mind for you and increased independence for them”
With wandering a common side effect of dementia, Alzheimer's products which help reduce the dangers can make a huge difference. The Alzheimer's society says wandering or 'walking about' can have benefits for dementia patients, but when you don't know where they are or where they're going, this can cause obvious distress for everyone involved.
This GPS tracking watch enables you to easily locate the wearer through a couple of taps on your smartphone, day or night. It can even alert you when they've left (or entered) a certain area, as well as having an SOS button which connects a call to designated contacts in an emergency. With so many life-saving features for such a low price, it's no surprise this is our number 1 best-selling dementia product.
Dementia Products - Digital Day and Date Clock
“Simple to use, Clear to Read & Easy to Set up. Ideal for Dementia”
Something as straightforward as telling the time can become difficult with Dementia, especially when knowing the time of day can be so important. e.g. Some Dementia sufferers may leave the house at abnormal times of the day. Some dementia patients can also become agitated if they can't read or understand a regular clock.
This digital day and date calendar clock has a large 8" screen giving a clear indication of the time, it also automatically dims at between 7PM and 7AM to indicate night and day. This is one of the best Dementia Products for easily knowing what time of day it is.
Dementia Products - Simple Music Player
"Lift the Lid on Music & Memories"
We all enjoy listening to music, especially when certain songs bring back fond memories. Research from The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering found that listening to songs from their past helped many Dementia sufferers to regain cognitive function, showing increased signs of animation and emotion even after the music stopped playing.
One of the Dementia products with huge potential to improve lifestyle; the Simple Music Player for Dementia offers a straightforward way to accommodate independent living and quality of life. This encourages those that find modern music players difficult, to enjoy music from their past. Lifting the lid plays music, pressing the only button changes the track and closing the lid stops it. Music is loaded like a memory stick via USB.
Dementia Products - GPS Location Tracking Insoles
“The world's only GPS tracking insoles, designed specifically for dementia”
A common characteristic of Dementia is to 'wander' or walk about. This may take the shape of trying to visit the local shops in the middle of the night or attempting to reach an inaccessible location e.g. a shop that shut down many years ago. This brings obvious safety concerns, like busy roads or encounters with members of the public. Solutions like locking doors are dangerous in the event of a fire (and against human rights), whilst other tracking devices (like key fobs) could easily be forgotten and left behind.
Procedural memory, which includes things like using the kettle, or in this case putting on a pair of shoes before leaving the house, is often retained after developing Dementia. This means the user is much more likely to take this tracking device with them. One of the more popular dementia products, these GPS tracking insoles contain a tiny tracking device, which allows you to be updated on the user's location whenever you wish. This could be when they leave or enter a certain area you, or when you check the free app/website.
Dementia Products - Extra-Simple Mobile Phone w/ GPS Tracker
"Secure, Simple and Increasing Safety"
With mobile phones becoming increasingly advanced and complex, using them can be difficult, especially for those with Dementia. This extra simple and waterproof mobile phone has the ability to ring just 4 contacts, with clear and tactile buttons that are easy to see and press. A simple mobile phone is one of the Dementia products which could be essential for communication in the early stages. The device is particularly special as it allows the user to be located by sending a text message, as well as the ability to auto answer with an extra-loud speaker in case the user forgets how to (or that they have a phone on them). You can even manage your loved-ones contacts and more remotely using Doro experience manager.
Dementia Products - Talking Reminder Clock
“Help Them Remember Daily Activities”
Display 21+ helpful reminders like taking medication or feeding the dog. This clever device can be placed anywhere is the house (needs a wall socket) and reminds them of different things at different times in the day. For example, if your mother needs to take her medication at 9:00AM every morning, you would program in the routine that would then remind her.
The even cleverer part of this device is that you can set up your own custom alarms. This is a great way to personalise the reminders with a familiar voice or make alarms in another language.
Dementia Products - Simple TV Remote Controller
"Makes Enjoying TV Simple and Easy"
Television offers entertainment, information and even companionship for some people with Alzheimer's or similar. Make it simple for them with this easy-to-use, big-button universal TV remote control. With an ergonomic design and the ability to easily pair with your existing TV or satellite / set top box, this product makes using their TV a more straightforward and intuitive experience
Dementia Products - Motion Activated Voice Player
“Simple Wandering and Security Alerts from a Familiar Voice”
Sometimes all we need in life is a gentle reminder, which is much nicer from a familiar voice. This fantastic Alzheimer's product allows you to record a message using your own voice, which is played loudly when motion is detected. This can deleted and re recorded as many times as you like, with no need for a memory card.
A common use would be to put it by the front door with a message warning your loved one not to go out the house right now e.g. "Mum it's night time, go back to bed and I'll be around in the morning". When combined with our power supply and wall timer, this can be made to only happen at certain times of the day or night e.g. 10PM to 6AM
Dementia Products - Advanced Landline Phone for Dementia
"Help them Stay in Contact with Loved Ones"
Looking for a Dementia products in phone format? Landline or home phones are often confusing to operate when brain function becomes more difficult. Ideal for early onset symptoms, this phone has 8 customisable photo dialling buttons you can place family photos beneath, meaning all they need to do is press the image to call that person. This gadget for Dementia is better suited for those with more severe symptoms.
With an extra-loud speaker, a loudness slider and a visual ring indicator light, the hard of hearing can still comfortably use the device. This is one of our favourite Dementia products, as it uses familiar faces to help encourage communication and independence.
Dementia Products - Memory Box (Discuss Memories)
"Discuss Memories and Spark Meaningful Conversation"
Anyone who's close to someone living with dementia knows how hard it can be sometimes to have a meaningful conversation. These wooden memory boxes make an ideal Alzheimer's product for families and care homes alike, being filled with memorabilia from the person's life helps them retain a sense of identity and gives you (or care staff) lots of conversation prompts.
Easily wall mountable with a sliding perspex front, the memory box is easy to fit and can make visiting your loved one a more special experience. A bonus is that in looking for things to put in the dementia memory box, many of our customers have found out things about their loved one that they never knew!
Before we discuss Dementia and Alzheimers products, let's explore what Dementia and Alzheimer's mean. Dementia has recently become an increasingly discussed subject, with more focus around it in the media, but what is it? Essentially Dementia isn't a disease or condition itself, but a collection of symptoms which together effect someone's cognitive abilities (brain functions). Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of Dementia, which is the brain's nerve cells dying off alongside strange proteins collecting, which doctors are yet to fully explain.
Vascular Dementia on the other hand, is caused by a restriction of blood flow to the brain over time. The most common origin is a series of 'mini-strokes' which people may not know they are having. Dementia is most frequent in people over the age of 65, however younger cases are becoming more apparent.
How does Dementia affect people?
Over 150,000 people in the UK are living with some form of Dementia, with numbers rising dramatically as the population ages. Symptoms can develop gradually or relatively quickly depending on the person, including having difficulty with planning or organising tasks, problems following multiple steps and even becoming 'lost' or confused easily. Psychological effects differ between individuals, however as I'm sure we can all appreciate, not understanding the environment you are in or recognising the people you are with can be distressing and at times upsetting.
Perhaps overlooked in the consequences of many health problems like Dementia, are the effects on family, friends, carers and those around them. A subject that's close to my heart (like many people reading this I'm sure), is the ways in which we deal with Dementia's repercussions. Seeing how upset my mother was when my grandmother did not recognise her was of course unpleasant, however there are ways in which we can better cope personally, whilst supporting those with symptoms as much as possible.
How can Technology Dementia & Alzheimer's Products Help?
Although it may seem so, Dementia is not all doom and gloom, with increased public attention on the subject meaning an increasing amount of research in to the causes and solutions is taking place. On top of this, gadgets for Dementia and Dementia technology is an area which thanks to fantastic innovations, has grown considerably. In the UK especially, assistive technology for health and social care is becoming more readily available with Dementia products, in everything from a GPS tracker for Dementia patients, to Dementia Clocks for straightforward time-keeping, all on the market at an affordable cost, especially given the benefits they can bring.
How to Help Prevent Dementia
Preventing Dementia and preventing Alzheimer's disease, like most conditions, is not something that can ever be guaranteed. According to doctors, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can help lower the risks of developing Dementia. This includes eating healthily (with a low salt intake), exercising regularly, not drinking too much alcohol and keeping blood pressure at a healthy level. From personal experience within my own family and others we have worked with, keeping the brain active and 'keeping busy' can also help to prevent Dementia. My grandfather found using his tablet computer and keeping in regular contact with family helped him do this.
As I'm sure many of the people reading this are aware, Dementia, Alzheimer's and similar conditions can have difficult to manage consequences. Not only for the individual, but the people around them too. Thankfully due to increasing public awareness and research, things are changing, and there appears to be some light at the end of the tunnel, however we're not quite there yet.
As symptoms can vary so much between individuals, some of these Dementia products will be more useful for some than others, although they all have the ability to manage certain effects the disease imposes. By discovering issues that Dementia can cause (like wandering), we are able to utilise technology in minimising the associated risks e.g. with tracking devices. The interesting question is are we able to slow-down, or even reverse the effects of some Dementia by allowing simple freedoms, (like walking the dog or listening to music), to be retained?
As those concerned with the mental and physical well-being of Dementia sufferer's, it is our task to provide maximum safety whilst maintaining their independence. Don't forget about how the disease can negatively impact carers, so ensure your peace of mind is intact when looking for ways to help.
If you're interested in any further information on Dementia, Alzheimer's disease or any related topics, we've put some useful resources below.
Alzheimer's Society: Large UK-based charity focused on all aspects of the disease.
Age UK Guide to Dementia: Advice on many associated questions e.g. power of attorney
Playlist for Life: Encourages friends, families and carers of a person with dementia to use personalised music playlists in dementia care and treatment.