Dementia is widely known for affecting the ability to think, behaviours and memory loss. When we know someone we love who is diagnosed with the symptoms, it’s natural to worry about them progressively getting confused about finding their way home, wandering, wondering where they are and even who you are.
It isn’t an easy journey to watch your loved one gradually lose their sense of self and their surroundings. Dementia can be very hard to deal with for the individual who has it, for those around them and especially for those who live with the person affected by dementia.
Although dementia can be really challenging and painful to cope with on a daily basis, as the Alzheimer's Society says: “Life doesn't end when dementia begins.” Telecare packages can help hugely to support people with dementia to live independently in their own home, and also provide great peace of mind and respite for carers.
According to Prof. Anthea Tinker from Kings College London, there are currently over five percent of people aged 65 to 79 and 20 percent of people aged 80 who are living with dementia. However, thanks to scientific advances and an ever increasing amount of research, supportive technology solutions are being developed to help those living with dementia to live through each day more easily. In a time where people are increasingly living for longer and with a future prediction of 2 million people having dementia in the UK by 2050, it is especially reassuring to know that something is being done to help individuals through tough times.
In addition to Age UK’s evidence that music can have a positive dramatic effect on those with dementia, there are a plethora of technology projects that are helping the worlds’ ageing populations live with the symptoms, such as care assist robots in Asia. In the UK, the Nominet Trust provides links to a range of supportive digital resources such as Arts4Dementia and the mobile phone application Flower Garden. Another interesting read is about the cutting-edge “care ecosystem” research by the University of California which utilises a type of artificial intelligence to provide proactive, personalised and continuous care.
The University of Bradford School of Dementia Studies’ presentation at last year’s British Science Festival included a talk from a patient with early onset dementia who aptly said that: “Every person’s dementia is different!”. From our own experiences we are able to continuously develop our understanding of how these life changing symptoms are affecting families and communities throughout Great Britain.
At Welbeing, we actively improve individual’s quality of life in their own home with tailored telecare packages that support many families to cope with dementia. For instance our assistive technology solutions include personal GPS locator devices that help to track down a person in need, our monitored smoke alarms can automatically alert emergency services, and our memory aid and health management devices help to maintain daily routines.
In addition, our identification service aids those who are lost to get necessary medical help and we offer a range of sensors including the wearable technology wrist-worn falls detector and the property exit sensors that notify the carer or nearest family member with a phone call if an individual has been out for a long period of time.
Scientists have discovered that dementia is not necessarily linked to genetic make-ups, but that it can be triggered by physical and social environments, lifestyle choices and personality. In future, doctors may be able to predict risk of developing dementia using data from your NHS medical records. For now however, if you are worried about memory health, then please consult your doctor and consider re-evaluating your way of living to become healthier both physically and mentally. To find out more about dementia, please visit the Dementia Research Centre website.
How Welbeing supports people living with dementia
Every year in March, we support the Dementia UK awareness-raising month with a Make Time for a Cuppa fundraising bake sale and we also work alongside local councils to provide free telecare package trials through referrals. For example take a look at our current scheme with West Sussex County Council and NHS West Sussex.
If you would like to find out more about our telecare solutions, please call our friendly team in Eastbourne on 01323 644422 or submit an enquiry via our online Contact Form.
We also have staff who are trained Dementia Friends, having learnt more about dementia and the small ways we can help. If you would like to find out more about our telecare solutions, please call our friendly team in Eastbourneon 01323 644422 or submit an enquiry via our online Contact Form.
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