The signs of Alzheimer’s have been known for decades. It starts out small with difficulty remembering things that just happened, but over time, quickly degenerates into difficulty speaking, mood swings, disorientation and inability to manage one’s basic care.
When the signs of Alzheimer’s become apparent, a family has to consider some tough choices. Do we put our loved one in an assisted living facility, or do we bring them to live with us?
Although the causes of this neurodegenerative disease are poorly understood and there is no cure, tools are available to help families manage and cope with the effects of Alzheimer’s. Smartphone technology is one area where seniors and their families can find tools that were not available only 10 years ago.
Continue reading for 6 smartphone apps seniors, their families, caregivers and researchers can use manage the effects and better understand this ailment.
Despite these and many other smartphone tools for helping Alzheimer’s patients, challenges do remain, including a condition called “technophobia.” As the name suggests, this is a fear of technology, and it’s common with those who have suffered strokes or have Alzheimer’s.
According to Kathleen Dobson, the big challenge is awareness – many seniors simply do not know technology tools are available for helping Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.
Despite these challenges and slow adoption among seniors themselves, these and many other smartphone apps are making strides in helping patients and caregivers better manage the disease and researchers obtain crucial information for better understanding it.