ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Stress levels and loneliness are heightened during the holidays, especially for those living away from their families. For those who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s, or other forms of dementia, watching that struggle during the holidays can be heartbreaking. The good news is there now exists senior friendly technology that has proven successful in battling loneliness and improving quality of life.
The key is to use personalized computer programs and technology. Individuals who use wheelchairs and walkers are experiencing the joy of virtual activities such as dancing, riding a bike or flying a plane through personalized programs created by It’s Never 2 Late, a Colorado-based company which provides senior-friendly technology to assisted living communities. The intuitive design of IN2L’s programs allows seniors, regardless of experience, physical or intellectual abilities, to easily use the computer with minimal frustration. Residents give their minds a work-out as they play games, work puzzles and take part in lifelong learning opportunities offered as part of specially designed computer programs to increase mental awareness and physical activity.
One crowd favorite is the laser music maker. For residents who love to dance, the system helps them create their own sounds that they can sing or dance to. The key to success is a caregiver who knows what the individuals like and can re-direct them toward a game, favorite TV show, calming sounds and music, or spiritual content, depending on each person’s unique needs, interests or skills.