Dementia App Helps Boost Senior Memory

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How a Mobile App Helps Seniors with Dementia Remember in Columbus, OH

In 2013, Jenny Rozbruch was a graduate student from the New York School of Visual Arts. Having a grandmother whose memory was slipping away due to vascular dementia influenced Rozbruch to create an iPad app that she later called GreyMatters. Using the no-cost technology, seniors stimulate their memory by choosing one of four categories that revolves around “My Life,” “My World,” “My Music” or “My Games.” Using this revolutionary app enables seniors with cognitive disease to communicate with and relate to family members and dementia or Alzheimer’s caregivers in Columbus.

Relies on Music Appreciation

Rozbruch was convinced that her grandmother’s memories still existed. They were simply hidden or misplaced somewhere within her grandmother’s mind. Her grandmother could no longer find the words to communicate with loved ones, but she knew every word of every line of her favorite songs. Because music is a powerful tool that stimulates memory, GreyMatters includes a function that enables loved ones to upload music that is relevant to the senior’s past. Researchers from Virginia George Mason University believe that encouraging elderly adults to sing along with favorite or popular tunes also has been known to improve cognitive function. 

Provides Conversation Starters

The app comes equipped with history and pop culture topics spanning from the 1930s through the 1950s. The content not only helps stimulate memory, but also provides a starting point for conversing with loved ones or live-in Columbus caregivers. The feature provides a visual image along with a text explanation for seniors to associate with the picture. Seniors can then tap an icon to acknowledge that they remember the entry or to request further information concerning the topic.

Triggers Memory with Photos

Family members also have the option of uploading family pictures accompanied by text and audio descriptions. In this way, they may enter random or chronological photographs depicting family, friends, events and traditions that are significant to seniors. The users may then indicate that they remember these photos or need more reminders to prompt them. The photos functions also enable family members to keep elderly family members informed of current events. 

Mobile apps aren’t the only resources available for seniors with cognitive diseases like dementia. Columbus home care agencies like Home Care Assistance provide comprehensive dementia and Alzheimer’s care that staves off memory loss, stimulates mental function, and encourages socialization with friends and family. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today by calling (614) 481-8888 to speak with an experienced Care Manager.


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