When people hear the word dementia, they generally associate it with a single disease. This is not the case, however. Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a memory loss problem that impacts the proper functioning of the brain. It affects the different parts responsible for learning, memory retention, and language interpretation.
Recent dementia statistics predict that globally the number of people living with dementia will increase from 50 million in 2018 to 250m by 2050. At present, there are 850,000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom alone. Contrary to what some people believe, dementia is not a normal side effect of ageing and is not the same as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is however one of the most common causes of dementia in the older population.
Dementia can make it difficult for sufferers to maintain a normal lifestyle. Although Dementia is still a very real struggle for people living with it, advancing technology and a growing awareness surrounding it has resulted in improvements in the quality of life for sufferers. New technologies have been created in order to enhance the safety and security of those living with Dementia.
Dementia, without assistance, can be scary and overwhelming not only for the sufferer but also for their loved ones. It is therefore essential that assistance is provided where possible, and that helpful technologies are utilised to make everyday life that little bit easier. We have put together a few suggestions on how some simple gadgets can help those living with Dementia.
Now, this may seem like a super simple suggestion however it can be one of the most helpful. A common symptom of Dementia is losing the ability to keep track of time and feeling anxious as a result. By placing a clear, large digital clock in an easily viewable location, they are able to better keep track of time so that they are able to maintain their daily routine and thus help to alleviate any anxiety. There are also specially designed clocks for those suffering with Dementia. They include large, clear text and display other information such as the day, the date, the weather and whether it is day or night. This can help them to quickly decipher the time of day and thus keep on track with their normal routine.
A MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM:
As a result of accelerated memory loss, people with dementia often have trouble remembering to take their medication. They may even take medication more than once if they forget that they have already done so. Both of these things can cause a serious threat to health in certain circumstances. In order to avoid this, you can now purchase hi-tech automated pill dispensers.
Automated pill dispensers are devices which are programmed to automatically open at a certain time, making an audible noise as they do so, to remind sufferers to take their pills. Other varieties of pill dispensers utilise alert systems which vibrate to inform the patient that it is time to take their medication. If you do not have access to one of these systems, you can also make a simple pillbox at home marked with the day and time in order to help keep your loved ones on track.
GPS TRACKING DEVICES:
Memory loss is the most common symptom of dementia. This can cause sufferers to get lost, forgetting where they live or where they were going. Wearable GPS tracking devices such as the sure safe Mobile GPS Tracker Alarm mean that your loved ones can be easily located should they ever go missing or find themselves in an emergency situation. In addition to this, unlike with most traditional personal alarms, the SureSafe GPS Tracking device allows for two way communication between the wearer and responder, directly through the pendant. Through this, the responder is able to find out more information about the situation, provide assurances to the wearer and send the most appropriate form of assistance. Through this, GPS tracking devices provide safety and security to dementia sufferers both inside and outside of the home.
WEARABLE MONITORING DEVICES:
Whilst it may be wise to utilise a GPS tracking device if your elderly loved ones are likely to venture outside of the home, a personal alarm device is perfect for use inside the home. The SureSafe range of personal alarms, lifeline alarm, telecare, and careline alarms can help dementia sufferers to live an independent, more safe and secure life. We offer a fall detection alarm that automatically detects a fall based on changes in airspeed and air pressure. We also have a range of no-landline personal alarms, meaning that people without landlines can also be protected. Wearable monitoring devices allow wearers to call for help, at the push of a button, in the event of an emergency.
Help protect your loved ones with a personal alarm from SureSafe. Explore our range of personal alarms, ideal for protecting those living with dementia. For further information and support, contact a member of the SureSafe team today!