Memo helps people who have memory loss remember important information by displaying it all day long on a ten-inch tablet. The day, date, time, reminders, a calendar, a to-do list, and other important information are available 24/7. Audio alerts can be set to draw the person’s attention to the Memo for reminders about medications and events. The elder needs no computer knowledge or skills to benefit from the continual reminders displayed automatically.
Memo works because messages, audio alerts, and other features are programmed remotely by caregivers as often as needed, from wherever they have internet access. An adult daughter in Boston, an adult son in Phoenix, and a home health aide can all access the caregiver website to enter new reminders, update the calendar, and change messages. Memo helps several caregivers coordinate schedules and care.
Memo can also display the weather, a phone list, photo albums, a pillbox that lists all medications, and a help button that sends an email and text message to a designated caregiver. These features require very minimal touchscreen navigation, so the person can go only from the main screen to a feature and back again.
Memo was developed to alleviate the confusion of elders who have difficulty remembering. Just as importantly, it relieves the stress family members often experience as they try to keep their loved one’s life on track. It reduces interruptions in the workday and family time by providing timely, convenient information in a readily-absorbed format, rather than relying on phone calls, calendars, and sticky notes on the refrigerator, which are quickly outdated and often lost.
Families who piloted the Memo were very positive in their responses, especially after several modifications were made in the program due to their feedback. One adult daughter reported, “Mom just ignored her Memo at first. Then she started checking it when she had a question. Now it’s her lifeline! She’s less dependent on me now. ”
Memo is different from all other technology designed for elders, because it specifically meets the needs of persons with memory loss due to Alzheimers, stroke, or head injury. Furthermore, it utilizes proven, simple technology in a novel way, rather than developing a new advanced technology. Therefore, it is relatively inexpensive, reliable, easy for caregivers to learn, and easy to use.
Customers can choose their own tablet from the many new, refurbished, and used models currently available. A ten-inch tablet is strongly recommended to preserve the large font and icon sizes that work for elderly eyes. The Memo software hides the device’s menus and icons so there is no risk of an elder with no computer experience getting lost in a maze of non-Memo screens or menus. The person will see only what family members determine is appropriate and helpful. When Memo has finished its work as a memory assistive device, the original Android or Apple programming can be restored so it can be used as a regular tablet.
At $9.99 a month for the subscription, Memo is a low-cost alternative to home health care for persons with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia. Memo is available for download now at the Google app store and the Apple store.
Purchase in iTunes App Store
Purchase in Google Play