There are many technological aids and devices available that can make things easier for people living with dementia.
These devices can act as memory prompts and support with locating important items, keeping track of medications and more.
People with dementia can sometimes find it hard to adjust to new things. To help with this, it’s important to introduce new technology in the early stages of dementia. Where possible, involve the person in decisions about which device or items to use, and find solutions that can be easily adopted into a person’s existing routines with minimal disruption.
Technological aids to make things easier
Here are some ideas for easy-to-use technology that can improve the day-to-day life of people with dementia. Dementia Australia does not endorse the use of any specific products.
Digital talking photo books
Digital photo books allow you to store a large number of photos and record voice captions that can be easily played back. These captions can be used to provide orientation and remind the person of who or what is in the photo.
Wireless key and item locators
These devices make it easy for the person to find missing keys or other items by “tagging” items with a colour-coded receiver that sounds an alarm when the corresponding coloured button is pressed on a remote.
You can use specialised devices or even set reminders using phones or other technology to prompt the person to take their medication.
Flood detectors or plugs
These devices will sound an alarm if the person accidentally leaves a tap running or can automatically open when the water reaches a certain point, which will allow water to drain rather than overflow.
Create your own family digital photo book
Creating a digital memory book is a great way to provide a person living with dementia with an easy way to access positive memories.
Use our online tool to submit photos, stories and details that will be converted into a digital and printable album you can share with family and friends.
There is also a tool you can use to create an album you can share with your loved one’s residential or home care providers, to support them in delivering person-centred care.
The National Dementia Helpline is a free service that provides information and advice to all people who would like to know more about dementia or access services and support.
Dementia Australia’s national library service offers a comprehensive collection of print and digital resources about dementia. Explore the resources guide for this Dementia Action Week daily tip.