Written by MindMate Staff
High-tech companies don't usually target older adults. Nowadays, the app market is jammed with social media platforms, games, photo sharing and productivity tools for teenagers and twenty-somethings. Even though they might be branded differently, many apps aid the lives of best agers and give them helpful tools at hand to make life easier. Read here about the top 7 apps for seniors:
Available for iPhone, iPad, Android
MindMate has been described as “the ultimate in senior apps”. It is so much more than an app, it is a friend that is always there for the user. It helps the user to stay focused with a daily activity plan, ranging from physical exercises, via nutrition advice and health tips to mental exercises (or brain games). MindMate also provides entertainment through music and tv on demand. Apart from that, MindMate is Alzheimer’s and dementia friendly, and is used by many people living with cognitive decline and memory loss.
by Ambra Giuliano
We all know that many things change as we age. When we’re young, we don’t tend to pay much attention in case we misplace our keys or forget a phone number, but as we grow older, sometimes we worry about the real meaning of these lapses. We need to remember that memory loss is not an inevitable part of the ageing process, and it’s important to know the difference between normal age-related forgetfulness and the symptoms that may indicate a developing cognitive problem.
by Max Gottlieb
In last weeks blogpost you read about why people with dementia often wander. Part two gives you tips for what to do if it happens or how to prevent it!
by Max Gottlieb
Not every senior is at risk of wandering, but if the person you are caring for has dementia, the fear of losing him/her can be very real. In this article I’m going to talk about seniors, but the same prevention tips can be applied to anyone at risk of getting lost. Although dementia affects each individual differently, there are three main reasons that people tend to wander.
Is There a Perfect Environment for People Living with Dementia? - Video Blog Post with Tommy Whitelaw
I have recently watched a documentary about the different kinds of care facilities there are in the world. No matter if we are speaking about the famous fenced-in dementia village in the Netherlands or a small care home with individual carers for each person in Thailand that does not have fences at all; all of them have their advocates and critics.
We spoke to Tommy and asked him what the perfect place for someone with dementia is in his opinion. Watch the video and find out what he said:
What do you think? Do you agree with Tommy? Let us know in the comment section!
Everyone knows that our lives would just be half as much fun without friends. Some friendships last forever; others just aren’t destined to survive longer than a year. Being confronted with dementia can often take a big toll on friendships, not only for the person with dementia but also for the caregiver. Tommy Whitelaw spoke to us about why friendship is important to him and what he learned while caring for his mum.
Thank you, Tommy, for speaking with us and being our friend! We agree: Friendships are incredibly important!
What have your experiences with dementia and friendships been like? Why are friendships important to you? Leave us a comment!
We also would like to use this blog post to thank our friends and families who supported us through the whole MindMate journey! We are very grateful.
by Gabriela Matic
If you type “Why technology…” into google, the first search suggestion that comes up is “Why technology is bad”. Funnily enough … The same happens if you google alcohol or drugs. If you consider that and the fact that iPads and Apps are a rather new thing (the first iPads and tablets were released in 2010) it doesn’t come as a surprise that especially older generations are not the biggest fans of some of the “fancy” new gadgets.
by Gabriela Matic
The whole MindMate Team hopes that you had wonderful holidays and are looking forward to a great year ahead.
This is just a short blog post in which we want to wish you a wonderful 2016. We also want to share a little message that all of us should keep in mind, not only this year but at all times.
We’ve been speaking to a lot of people about their Christmas Holidays and what made them special. Not having to go to work or getting nice presents was mentioned but compared to a different factor all of this seemed secondary.
What makes the holidays and life in general worth living is the people we spend them with. Weather it is family or friends, most people we spoke to enjoyed being around individuals they care about. Sure, there are people out there who prefer to be alone, but statistics show that most of us don’t want to be. Last December, the Samaritans are said to have received 244,000 calls from people suffering from depression and stress across Britain and Ireland. The numbers have probably not decreased this year.
We are not the biggest fans of New Year’s resolutions, but what all of us should try to put in practice is a kind and caring way of life.
Starting from today, let’s reduce the number of people who will have to spend next Christmas alone. Let’s care about each other every single day of the year.
One great project for example is: http://www.beafriendtoday.org.uk/
It’s really more about kindness, then any other form of present.
One of my favourite short stories about a little different Christmas present is Harper Lee’s “Christmas to me/My Christmas in New York”. The world famous author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “ Go Set A Watchman“ gets a present of a lifetime.
"One lonely Christmas - stuck in New York City and unable to get home to Alabama to see her family - Harper Lee spent the holiday with friends... and received a Christmas gift that would end up being a present to the entire literary world."
Read it here: CLICK HERE TO READ THE SHORT STORY
We hope you had a great start into the year!
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by Gabriela Matic
Can lonely make you ill?
Researchers say: Yes! Even if you feel happy in your solitude, studies associate social isolation and loneliness with increased mortality.
I have to admit that these recent headlines really left me with a bad conscience. It has been weeks since I've called my grandparents the last time, and you do feel like a terrible person when it takes a news article to remind you of that. Before you pick up the phone because you feel the same way, take a couple of minutes and make sure you understand why loneliness is a serious issue for all of us:
The problem of loneliness is especially present during Christmas time. Dr. Ishani Kar-Purkayastha wrote about Doris, an 82-year old completely healthy lady in 2010. Doris was about to be sent back home from the hospital two days before Christmas. She pretended to be sick in the hope to be able to stay longer. Doris stands for so many lonely elderly people that struggle to deal with their situation, not only during the Christmas celebrations.