Aids & Adaptations
Problems with memory are a common feature of most types of cognitive impairment or dementia. Memory loss can be difficult to cope with and frustrating. However, there are strategies that you can use to help manage memory problems and stay independent for as long as possible. This includes memory aids, creating an enabling environment and use of assistive technology.
Memory problems are the most common cognitive deficits in dementia. In order to help these patients with their everyday activities and to increase their quality of life, a number of memory aids have been developed. The available evidence suggests that environmental adjustment is an easy and low-priced method. Equipment also doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to be helpful. Even small, everyday items have been found to make a positive difference to people with dementia living in their own homes.
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Living with memory loss can be challenging. It is important to take steps to be as healthy and safe as you can be. The home is an important place for everyone. For the person living with memory loss, a familiar environment can help them connect with the past and maintain a sense of who they are. However, some practical changes may be needed. In applying universal design principles, it is important to balance the needs for safety with the preservation of independence.
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Enabling Your Environment Handout: Printable PDF
Problems with memory are a common feature of most types of cognitive impairment or dementia. Memory loss can be difficult to cope with and frustrating. However, there are strategies that you can use to help you manage memory problems and help you stay independent for as long as possible. A significant research and development effort has been emerging in the last decade into the design and development of assistive technologies for older adults in general, and more specifically for the support of people living with dementia.
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Assistive Technology Handouts: Printable PDF