How a Revolutionary Dementia App Boosts Memory

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In 2013, Jenny Rozbruch was a graduate student at 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 she later called GreyMatters. Using the no-cost technology, seniors stimulate their memory by choosing one of four categories that revolve around “My Life,” “My World,” “My Music,” and “My Games.” Using this revolutionary app enables seniors with dementia to communicate with and relate to family members and caregivers. 

Relies on Music Appreciation

Rozbruch was convinced that her grandmother’s memories still existed and 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’s relevant to the senior’s past. Researchers from Virginia’s George Mason University suggest encouraging aging adults to sing along with favorite or popular tunes can also boost cognitive function.

Seniors with dementia often need assistance with everyday activities so they can age in place in safety and comfort. If your senior loved one has been diagnosed with a serious condition and needs help with tasks like meal prep, transportation, bathing, and grooming, reach out to Assisting Hands Home Care, a leading provider of home care Columbus families can trust. We also offer comprehensive care for seniors with dementia, Alzheimer’s, and Parkinson’s.

Provides Conversation Starters

The app comes equipped with history and pop culture topics spanning from the 1930s through the 1950s. The content not only stimulates memory but also provides a starting point for conversing with loved ones. 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 they remember the entry or to request further information concerning the topic. 

If your loved one is living with dementia, having a trained professional caregiver close by can provide you and your family with much-needed peace of mind. Not every senior has the same care needs, which means they don’t all need the same type of senior home care. You can rely on Assisting Hands Home Care to provide an individualized care plan to meet your elderly loved one’s unique care needs. Our caregivers help seniors focus on healthy lifestyle habits, such as eating nutritious foods, exercising regularly, and maintaining strong social ties, and we offer mentally stimulating activities that can boost cognitive health.

Triggers Memory with Photos

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

Older adults with dementia can live at home safely and optimize their quality of life with the help of highly trained, experienced professional caregivers. If your senior loved one needs professional dementia care, Columbus caregivers are available around the clock to provide the high-quality care he or she needs. Our dementia caregivers can help your loved one stay mentally engaged and delay the progression of the disease. Call Assisting Hands Home Care today to learn about our high-quality in-home care services.