iPads are not only hip; they’re also helpful in memory care. That’s right—iPads have actually proven to help with cognitive skills, mobility and communication for those who suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
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We all knew Steve Jobs was a brilliant man of his time, but we’re not sure that even he knew how smart the iPad technology was for the elderly population. But the easy to use iPad has enhanced many a seniors lives—and especially those suffering from dementia.
According to Health Central Park Nursing Home’s director, Judy Skilton, “It came to us as a happy accident. What started out as one resident’s curiosity turned into something that is helping them spell, track items, make choices and read words. It’s amazing.”
Residents in assisted living and memory care communities love iPads because they’re easy to use with the touch-pad technology and swipe of a finger. They don’t require a mouse or control device which can sometimes be difficult for some elders. They’re also easy to navigate.
But how, exactly, is the iPad benefiting those in memory care? Here are 5 reasons why iPad’s enhance the lives of many seniors:
To sum it up: iPads are believed to help improve motor skills, provide memory stimulation and cognitive function and create a positive impact on the social interaction of those with dementia. Studies are being conducted, but memory care and nursing home facilities have reported positive findings!