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How You Can Use Alexa To Engage Your Loved One With Dementia

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

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgAlexa is the amazing voice-activated personal assistant from Amazon. She gives reminders, tells jokes, and even controls some smart home devices. For these reasons and more, getting an Alexa-enabled device can be a great way to engage your loved one with dementia.

It's hard to admit it, but answering the same questions and repeating information often can be quite frustrating, no matter how much you love a person. The beauty of Alexa is that, as a machine, she puts no limits on inquiries. Here are a few of her features.

  • She will never tire of responding to the three most popular questions - What day is it? What time is it? What is today's date?
  • She can give reminders for everything, from calling a friend tomorrow night, to emptying the dishwasher in 2 hours. This means she can also help make sure your loved one takes medications on time. 
  • Alexa can be the perfect calendar. She responds to commands like 'Alexa, add a neurologist appointment to October 6th at 10AM' and 'Alexa, what is on my calendar for this Thursday'.
  • She gives definitions for words. So if your loved one is reading something and gets confused, Alexa is there to help.
  • She can provide the news, weather, sports, and provide factual information on a plethora of subjects.
  • This is just a small sample of everything Alexa does. To find out more, visit the Amazon website.

Many of the issues of aging can be solved by providing parents with the support they need to continue to maintain their independence. The resources provided by Caring Senior Service can help. Get in touch with us today!

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