|As the wider population is only poised to grow older, those suffering with mental illnesses like dementia will need more care and attention and there are gadgets available to help the people cope with their disease / Photo by: Alexander Raths via 123RF|
As the wider population is only poised to grow older, those suffering with mental illnesses like dementia will need more care and attention. Gadgets can help them cope better with their problems and can make their lives a little better.
According to a report by Wales 427, dementia affects the cognitive system a lot and can even dramatically change the way sufferers cope with reality. This can be helped by administering the use of more dementia-friendly clocks -- clocks that are not analog and ones “that display the day of the week, the date and AM/PM indication can help sufferers feel more confident by being able to tell what time of the day it is.”
Motion-sensor lights can also help dementia patients in that it would reduce their falling incidents. Since dementia is an affliction related to the loss of memory, these patients may not even remember previously simple things like where the light switch is.
Additionally, they also won’t have to have a hard time navigating in the dark because when they move, the lights will accommodate their journey and make sure that their moving about the house won’t cause any undue harm toward them.
For those who are in institutions, movement sensors embedded in socks or other mundane objects can also be of help to caregivers who are tasked to take care of the well-being of their patients at night or during bouts of confusion where they may tend to wander off and lose track of time.
Studies show that about “20% of dementia patients suffer increased levels of confusion and anxiety at night, making them prone to wandering out of the home.”
This can be dangerous, of course, since their condition, coupled with their advanced age, makes them more vulnerable to twice as much danger as sufferers of dementia of relatively younger age.
A one-button radio could also be beneficial for dementia sufferers. A lot of dementia patients find comfort in listening to music. To help them still enjoy that, one-button radios can keep the experience easy, as they won’t have to tinker with complicated control anymore.