“Using the iPad to Reach People with Dementia” – April 6, 2017, CT Chapter Alzheimer’s Education Conference

I’ll be presenting and demonstrating the approach I developed to use the iPad with my ipad-diane-arden-aug2015-03wife at the Alzheimer’s Education Conference on April 6th in Cromwell,  CT. It is an accredited course for healthcare professionals and open to family caregivers.

Description:

Ed Fitzgerald’s wife Diane was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) in 2010. Using his technology experience, he developed an approach to using the iPad to keep her engaged and mentally stimulated, which is what he will talk about here today.

During this seminar, Ed will talk about how he uses the iPad with his wife and the process by which he created a customized set of activities that are of interest to his wife. He will offer advice on how to proceed if someone is interested in pursuing it with their loved one.

He also talks about getting other family members involved and the benefits to both the loved one and caregiver. While he uses an iPad, some of what he talks about applies to other tablet devices as well. You don’t have to be a techie to benefit from this seminar.

  • iPad Demonstration
  • Examples of activities using the iPad
  • Apps recommended for those with dementia, games, videos, audio, music, news, photos, etc.
  • The effect on behavior, agitation, feelings, communication, participation
  • How to get started, identifying interests, getting educated, finding the right apps
  • Guidance on how to use the iPad effectively and what doesn’t work
  • How it can be used in a group setting in an assisted living facility, nursing home or senior center.

Register at the Alzheimer’s Education web site.

Click here for more information about the conference.

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“Using the iPad with a Person Living with Dementia”

I’ll be presenting and demonstrating the approach I developed to use the iPad with my ipad-diane-arden-aug2015-03wife at the CT PC User’s Group of CT meeting in Trumbull on January 26.

Details at http://tpcug-ct.org/

Description:

Keeping a person with dementia engaged in activities can be very challenging. Ed Fitzgerald, a technology consultant whose wife is living with Frontotemporal Degeneration, looked for ways to use technology to help her.

After some trial and error, he developed an approach to using the iPad, by creating a home screen of activities they do when they are together, combining apps, links, games, videos, pictures and more.

During this seminar, Ed will talk about how he got started on this project, demonstrate how they use the iPad, the process by which he created a customized set of activities and offer advice on how to proceed if someone is interested in pursuing it with their loved one.

He has also explored the use of augmented reality, virtual reality and a combination of real play and virtual play.

10TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON FTD

Held every two years, the International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias (ICFTD) provides the primary venue for the international synthesis, exchange and dissemination of research evidence related to FTD. Experts from diverse backgrounds share recent discoveries, insights and opinions.

August 31-September 2, 2016 in Munich, Germany.

The International FTD Caregiver Conference 2016 (held on September 1st), offered in conjunction with the ICFTD, provides a forum for discussion and an opportunity to promote International awareness for FTD. The Conference will highlight the urgent need for patient-oriented research and the development of patient care and support strategies.

For more information go to the conference website: www.icftd2016.de

The AFTD is a Platinum Sponsor of the 10th ICFTD

FOR HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS – AFTD’s Partners in FTD Care

AFTD P in C.JPGThe AFTD educates physicians and healthcare professionals about frontotemporal degeneration (FTD ) and how to improve care for patients and their families through multidisciplinary collaboration and targeted initiatives.

They combine professional expertise with the experience of people with FTD and caregivers to focus on FTD-specific approaches to improving care.

For more information, visit their web site at www.theaftd.org/understandingftd/healthcare-professionals

Dementia Caregiver Support Group at the Norwalk Senior Center

Date/Time: December 10, 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group at the Norwalk Senior Center is for caregivers of family members or friends diagnosed with Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) or other conditions or diseases.

There will be a guest speaker at this meeting, Gail Bromer the Director of Client Relations at BrightStar Care of Norwalk. She will speak briefly about the options for keeping loved ones in their homes to receive the care and support that they need. There will also be time for group discussion.

The group offers caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences, help others by sharing their ideas, find out about resources and information thatNSC Photo might be helpful. Meetings are friendly and informal. Occasionally there are themes and guest speakers.

If you would like to bring your loved one, activities will be provided by Wilton Meadows.

Membership in the Senior Center is not required.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, please call Lynn at (203) 847-3115 ext.108 or send her an email at mow@norwalksc.org.

First World FTD Awareness Week

From the AFTD web site –

World“This October will see countries around the globe observe the first World FTD Awareness Week. This event, held October 4-11, 2015, will build on the foundation of productive discussion and collaboration established at the 9th International Conference on Frontotemporal Dementias, held in October 2014 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

World FTD Awareness Week activities and events are being planned by at least 10 countries, including: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, India, Italy, The Netherlands, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States of America. From conferences in Australia and The Netherlands, to a concert and art gallery in Spain, to a citywide proclamation in Canada, constituents around the world are making their voices heard in the fight against FTD.” Go to the AFTD site for more information.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group Meeting in Norwalk – September 10th

Date/Time: September 10th, 10:30 to 11:30am

Location: Norwalk Senior Center, 11 Allen Road, Norwalk

The Dementia Caregiver Support Group at the Norwalk Senior Center is for caregivers of family members or friends diagnosed with Dementia caused by Alzheimer’s, Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) or other conditions or diseases.

The group offers caregivers an opportunity to share their experiences, help others by sharing their ideas, find out about resources and information thatNSC Photo might be helpful. Meetings are friendly and informal. Occasionally there are themes and guest speakers.

If you would like to bring your loved one, activities will be provided by Wilton Meadows.

Membership in the Senior Center is not required.

For more information or if you are interested in participating, please call Lynn at (203) 847-3115 ext.108 or send her an email at mow@norwalksc.org.