Seniors often feel frustrated when they forget basic day-to-day things. As the agitation mounts at the inability to recall the day of the week, specific dates, times, the name of some object or place, or even the ingredients in a recipe, the senior may start to feel depressed. Utilizing Amazon's Echo, which is an electric personal assistant that is voice activated, to answer questions can be a blessing for a senior suffering forgetfulness or the early stages of dementia. Echo is always there to help so aging person will experience fewer bouts of frustration and emotional upheaval trying to recall things.
With a basic verbal wake-up command, Echo springs to life to quickly answer questions, play music, help make to-do lists, play audio books, play games, or even provide the daily weather update. Echo even replaces the need for television remotes, which are often lost. With a simple request, Echo will turn on the television and walk the senior through the guide. If a senior suffers from mobility issues, Echo can turn the lights on and off, and even control the home's thermostat remotely.
Echo alleviates loneliness by telling jokes, relaying the daily news, or even reading a favorite book to the senior. The senior can also request that Echo serve as an alarm clock, or signal a reminder to take their daily medication or keep track of doctor appointments/social engagements.
There is little doubt that Echo can and does boost a senior's lagging memory and provides a source of comfort. The electronic device is helping many suffering from the early stages of dementia remain living independently.
As you are learning to deal with the changes that aging can bring, be patient with yourself, patient with your loved one, seek advice and answers to questions, and remember you are not in this alone. Contact a Caring Senior Service team member today!