Helpful technology

I have an online calendar which is set up for automatic reminders and can be networked with my children's computers so they always know what I am doing or where
I am.

- Dr Jennifer Bute, diagnosed at 63 with young onset Alzheimer's

There are an increasing number of gadgets and ‘apps’ that can help with day to day living.  Some of them are free.  We have included a few examples of what is currently available, but there are many more on the market.  We are not endorsing any of these products or websites, you should decide for yourself what best suits your needs.

Smart speakers / virtual assistants 

Amazon Alexa and Google Home are two popular brands of voice-controlled smart speakers.  Using voice commands you can connect with a 'virtual assistant' and ask them to call or message people, stream music, set alarms, create to-do lists, access news and weather information and much more.  You can also use your voice to turn on lights, adjust thermostats, lock doors, find TV shows and more with compatible connected devices.  

Apps for Smartphones and tablets

Photo of support worker Jen and member Jacqui looking something up on a tablet computer

It's Done!
This app allows you to set reminders for daily tasks such as taking medication, shutting the front door or turning off the oven as well as reminding you about future tasks and events.  You click a box to say 'it's done' and if required, a text or email will notify a friend or family member to say the task is complete, giving them peace of mind.  

Jointly
Jointly is a mobile and online application created by carers for carers.  It is designed to make caring a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised.  It combines group messaging with other useful features including to-do and medication lists, calendar and more! Use it with others or on your own.

Knome
This app for iPhones, iPads and ipods helps you to remember people’s names.  You can create profiles for people based on how you know them, whether it is through work, the sports club or neighbours.

MindMate is a popular app for iPads and iPhones designed to empower people living with dementia, their family and carers, keeping people independent and improving quality of life, through sustained relationships and engagement.

Myhomehelper is a is a memory aid developed from the personal experience of assisting a family member living with dementia.  Specifically designed to support people living with memory impairment in their own homes, It gives peace of mind, reassurance and confidence to family and carers.

Young Onset Dementia 
This free young onset dementia app aims to benefit people living with young onset, their families, carers and health professionals. The app empowers patients and carers with access to appropriate information, knowledge and support following diagnosis.  

Clothing and shoes

There are a number of manufacturers who make shoes with a GPS tracking device.  Built into the shoe itself, the device cannot be seen but allows you to follow someone’s footsteps from your computer or Smartphone, alternatively the tracking device can form part of an innersole.  Smart Soles are one example.

ID jewellery

There are bracelets that come in a variety of styles.  They can carry personal details such as name, address and your key contact.  Ahead Solutions and MedicAlert are just two of the companies selling ID bracelets via the internet.

Personal alarms & GPS tracking devices

There are a wide range of personal alarm systems available on the market, many directly linked via telephone to operators who can get assistance to a person in need of help. Some also provide GPS location finding technology. Buddi make a discreet personal alarm with both features.  WATCHU Guardian is a watch with an GPS tracker device, SOS button and in built mobile phone. 

Home and garden

The Day Clock has been developed by the Bath Institute of Medical Engineers with the help of occupational therapists and families.  It displays the time of day as morning, afternoon, evening or night.  With tamper-proof buttons it can also be used as a digital photo frame.

Recogneyes
Produces a range of signs to help identify rooms, highlight light switches and even show what is for dinner.

Communication

TalkingMats
The mats use symbols to enable people with communication difficulties to express themselves.

If you have used something that you would like to tell us about, please email us.

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