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How Amazon Echo "Alexa" Helps Sufferers of Dementia

Posted by Ruby Cemental on May 9, 2017 5:30:00 PM

Senior_with_dementia_LR.jpgAmazon Echo "Alexa" is an electronic device that runs off simple WiFi. The hand's free device instantly wakes up any time someone utilizes the voice command "Alexa." Upon waking the system, the person simply asks a question such as "What is the date?" and the Alexa system responds in a crisp clear voice. Known as a 'wake word,' the term Alexa does not need to be used before asking a question. The terms 'Amazon' or 'Echo' can also be programmed as possible wake words.

When turned on, Alexa listens constantly for its wake word and any questions that follow. It can answer virtually any question presented such as the time of day, date, distance to certain destination, definitions, mathematical equations, television programming schedules, phone numbers, recipes, or provide daily reminders. A person can even ask Alexa to play music or read books.

Alexa gives a dementia sufferer their memory back, which is a miraculous thing for the dementia patient. The device also alleviates loneliness, helps reduce stress, and even eases feelings of fear that a dementia sufferer often starts to experience as they struggle to remember key day-to-day things.

The device generally costs less than $200. Installation is simple and only requires that the device is plugged into an electrical outlet and be programmed for the household's WiFi. Additional apps can also be added to Alexa to make the device even more capable. The added apps can help Alexa control indoor/outdoor lights and room temperatures or a multitude of other functions.

Caregivers also benefit from Alexa because they are usually no longer asked the same question twenty times in a day by the dementia sufferer. Instead, the dementia sufferer turns to Alexa to answer all their questions. Alexa can also assist the caregiver to stay organized by providing medication reminders, doctor appointment updates, and a bevy of other important times or dates.

Alexa is now in 3 million homes and the number is rapidly growing as people discover the multitude of uses for the device. At Caring Senior Service, our expert staff is comprised of extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and trusted professionals who take pride in helping your loved one manage their daily activities. Contact us today to learn more!

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Topics: Dementia and Alzheimer’s