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Music & Videos May Boost Moods of Dementia Patients & Caregivers

Posted by Joe Gilmore on Sep 6, 2019 11:00:00 AM

 

According to new research conducted by the University of Wisconsin, tablets may hold an unforeseen benefit for seniors and their caregivers.

 

A pilot study conducted by the School of Pharmacy found at University of Madison found that dementia patients that were given access to tablets that were preloaded with apps for photos, music, and videos experienced more positive moods. Half of the patients involved in the study saw improvements in their mood.

 

In the study, caregivers were given the ability to personalize how dementia patients interacted with the tablets. In turn, they benefited from the sessions as well, especially when they felt that the sessions made their loved ones feel better.

 

“One of the things the tablet allows you to do is to bring all those non-pharmacological approaches together so they can be offered through one device,” said Jay Ford, the professor who led the study..

 

“It provides the ability to tailor the intervention to the person with dementia.”

 

This is a preliminary study and one of the first of its kind in the United States to assess the impacts that tablets can have on those with dementia and their caregivers.

 

While this first study does point toward the possibility that tablets can have many benefits for dementia patients, there is still much more evidence that needs to be done and more needs to be understood on the reasons for these benefits and how long they may last.

 

While there is obviously more research and time that needs to be spent studying these things, this initial study is a good sign. However, while you may see the benefits of using these devices, you may not know exactly where to begin. By learning about a few applications that you can download, you can get started in no time.

 

Applications For Seniors

Applications on an ipad that can be utilized by dementia patients in a memory care facility

Developers understand that seniors can not only have fun with their devices but also can receive help if they need it and many programmers have used this as inspiration to develop applications that has a seniors citizen focus.

 

Health management applications are popular among seniors. One prime example of this is Medisafe Medication Reminder. It is a free application that is easy to use and provides a number of functions. In general, it helps seniors by reminding them and keeping track of their medications. It can also help keep track of certain aspects of your health such as blood glucose levels, blood pressure, weight, pulse, and temperature.

 

Along with all these helpful applications, there are also fun social applications that you can download to help you be more connected. For example, Skype is popular video-sharing application that can help your loved one stay in touch with family members and friends. It includes instant messaging and video conferencing that can make long distance relationships feel non existent.

 

You can also download apps based on you or your loved one’s specific interests. For example, if your loved one is infatuated with books and reads constantly, Goodreads may be a great application for them to download. Goodreads allows users to share their opinion and rate books that they have read as well as read other people’s reviews and ratings. It is a great way to learn about new books that you may like.

 

While this may all seem great, you still might not know how exactly to use these devices to their full ability. Luckily, there’s a few things that you can do to increase your knowledge and learn more about how to use these devices.

 

Seniors and Technology

An older man reading on his ipad. A new study is showing that dementia patients moods are boosted after being given access to tablets

There is mounting evidence that seniors are not only willing to use technology, they are actually eager to adopt and use new technology.

 

With that said, there are some worries and apprehensions among seniors who want to use these new devices. For example, lack of clarity and lack of instructions can get in the way and impede a senior’s ability to learn and use new technology systems. Other barriers include lack of knowledge and confidence when using these devices, the high cost of tablets and other technological equipment, and health-related barriers.

 

With that said, there are a number of solutions in place that can help seniors learn about new technology. For example, an Apple Ipad is one of the most commonly used tablets across the country and Apple hold hands-on classes to help consumers learn about the devices that they offer and how to use them.

 

This is also where grand-kids can come into play. Everyone knows that grand-kids are the IT department of the family. If you have questions or want help with a new device that you just purchased, your grandchild can help you learn more about these forms of technology.

 

Now What?

Technology overall can provide a number of different benefits for all people. However, new evidence shows that giving seniors access to tablets that have music and videos may help boost the moods of senior citizens and their caregivers. If you are curious about learning more about these devices and how they can help, you can do more research on the subject and take a class that many technology companies offer new customers. While these devices can provide a number of social benefits, your loved one may still have some disabilities that may impede their ability to perform day-to-day tasks. When this is the case, it may be best to seek out the help of an assisted living facility.

 

One assisted living facility in Hobbs that can help you is Landmark Senior Living. At Landmark, we have a number of services available to help our residents with whatever they need. One of our featured services is our memory care which can help residents who have issues related to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. If you are interested in learning more about Landmark Senior Living and what we have to offer, please visit our website and reach out to schedule a complimentary tour of one of our facilities.

 

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