Using smartphones to combat dementia,
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A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society revealed that seniors with mild dementia can benefit from using smartphone memory aids.
The study involved 52 older adults with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia. They were instructed on how to use the digital voice recorder and reminder apps on their smartphones.
After four weeks, participants noted improvements in their ability to complete their daily tasks. The more they used the apps the better their measures of memory and improvements in activities of daily living.
In the beginning, participants preferred the reminder app, however, by the end of the study their preference switched to the digital voice recorder and they enjoyed using the apps in general.
These discoveries seem to indicate a prime opportunity for the development of tech geared toward older adults. Using technology to help patients and their families combat the effects of Alzheimer’s and other dementias could be a game changer.
“Anything that helps our clients help their residents Is something we want to bring to their attention because at SpecialtyRx, helping people live better lives is our goal,” Stated Joe Kubulak, Chief Operating Officer at SpecialtyRx.