“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.

“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.

“Using the iPad with a Person who has Dementia” Seminar

iPad - Diane - Arden - Aug2015 06Being a computer technology consultant and being in the field for over forty years, shortly after my wife was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia, I began looking for ways to use technology to help her.

After some trial and error, I began using the iPad and created a home screen of activities combining, apps, links, games, videos, pictures and more, which we use when we are together.

It helps with engagement, communications and having something to do together. She reacts, laughs, smiles, enjoys the activities we do. She recognizes the old TV videos we watch on YouTube, laughs at the comedy albums we listen to, enjoys creating pottery, getting high scores on the games we play and listening to music.

Since mid-2015 I’ve been doing seminars talking about how I use the iPad, the process by which I created a customized set of activities and advice on how to proceed if someone is interested in pursuing it with their loved one.

For more information, visit my web site at www.TechForCaregiving.com, or send an email to ed@techforcaregiving.com.

Ed Fitzgerald

iPad for Dementia Caregivers Presentation

This month the CT PC Users Group will be hosting a special presentation I will be making. Here is their announcement.

CT PC Users Group Meeting

Date/Time: March 24, 6:30 to 8:30pm.

Location: United Congregational Church of Norwalk, 275 Richards Avenue.

Title: iPad for Dementia Caregivers

Keeping a person with dementia engaged in activities can be very challenging. CTPC member Ed Fitzgerald, a technology consultant, whose wife has a rare form of dementia called Frontotemporal Degeneration, looked for ways to use technology to help her.

After some trial and error, he focused on the iPad and created a home screen of activities combining, apps, links, games, videos, pictures and more, that he uses when they are together.

He also sees its potential to be used with groups of people, and has been invited to support groups and assisted living facilities to demonstrate to caregivers, staff and loved ones.

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

The Connecticut PC Users Group (CTPC) is a non-profit, volunteer organization formed originally to share information related to the use of PC’s. It now covers the spectrum of information technologies and devices. It has been in existence since 1981.

Meetings are open to the public and there is no charge to attend. The group meets at 6:30pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month (except December).