At New Dawn Memory Care in Aurora, making a connection with the past can be difficult. It's an issue resident Buell Davis can relate to.
“A lot of times you don’t think about things and then somebody throws something at you,” Davis said. “You should know it but you don’t remember.”
The assisted living community serves seniors showing early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The Alzheimer's Foundation of America says it is estimated that as many as 5.1 million Americans may suffer from the disease. New Dawn Memory Care found a new way to keep their community connected.
“A lot of other communities, they have a tour bus and they are able to go out,” New Dawn Executive Director Lori Carter said. “These folks aren’t able to do that.”
That’s one reason why they introduced a new social/tech program called Its Never 2 Late or iN2L. The interactive system uses touch screen technology and about 4000 pieces of content like games, music and even wellness activities to help these seniors stimulate their minds.
“It’s more interactive” New Dawn Activities Director Dawn Davis said. “We can tailor it to people individually so it’s more of what they’d like to do.”
The technology gives seniors who may have never used a computer a chance to engage with family and friends through devices like e-mail and webcams.
“It’s just getting them involved more and more,” Carter said. “(It’s) just having that interaction and that connection."
“I can reach to them,” Davis said. “Some of our residents are not able to speak and so when you see that they light up it’s just like ‘yes we got something.”
Helping seniors recall memory through hundreds of real time apps is what iN2L CO-Founder and President Jack York wanted to do when they started the company 18 years ago.
“These people have so much left to give and so much left to get,” York said. "What we’re trying to do is to take this generation of people that have built our country and give them snippets of joy that’s meaningful to them.”
“It bonds them, they have a purpose and they enjoy it,” Davis said. For more information, visit: http://www.iN2L.com