IDENTIFYING BENEFICIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Modern technology has revolutionizing how we work, live, and play. Televisions were the height of technology in many American households in the 1950s. According to the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans currently own cell phones. Smartphones, computers, tablets and the Internet have transformed how we connect with others, find information, navigate, play games, listen to music, and read books and newspapers. One beneficial outcome of covid has been the escalation of implementing telehealth in medical practices across the country.
Technologies can be hugely helpful to maximize independence and functionality for individuals living with dementia. Supportive technologies can provide reminders and medical alerts, GPS navigation to aid in wayfinding, zoom and other platforms to easily connect with others visually as well as auditorily, and artificial intelligence aids such as Siri and Alexa among many other technologies.