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Using Alexa to Assist Those With Dementia

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgFor those who don't know what Alexa is, it's kind of like the computers that we were promised so long ago - Simply ask "Alexa, what is today's weather?" and the speaker system, connected to the internet, will respond. Constantly updating itself to improve it's voice recognition and response capabilities, it is, in essence, the robotic helper that one may call upon for help with simple tasks.

For caretakers helping those with dementia, it can be a useful tool in alleviating some of the stress in dealing with the patient's symptoms. The following are just a few of the uses for Alexa with more being added on a regular basis.

1. Playing Music

Instead of going through a list of artists and songs trying to find something to listen to, simply ask Alexa to play whatever it is you want, and so long as you own it, she will play the album or song. Alexa will also adjust the volume by asking her to.

2. Delivering Information

If your loved one in need of assistance is persistently asking the same questions about the news or time of day, Alexa is there to answer right away. And being that she is a machine, she will never tire of being helpful, even when being repeatedly asked the same things over and over again.

3. Providing Company

Alexa will answer more than just routine questions about daily life. She also reports on topics of interests, such as sports, entertainment, and will even tell jokes.

If you can't stay vigilant around the clock taking care of a patient, Alexa can provide the help that you need to help others. With built in reminders to keep track of daily life for appointments and other responsibilities, Alexa is like having an extra set of hands to assist any caretaker. Before too long, she'll be doing your shopping and driving you around, as well!

At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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Topics: Dementia and Alzheimer’s