How technology can help you

Assistive technology can help support and enable you to live more independently, provide support and reassurance and reduce the risk of accidents.

Different technologies will suit different people and assistive technology will not suit everyone. You may need to try different options to find the solution that suits you.

Assistive technology can help you be independent and to help you manage daily life. These include the following:

  • Use routines and daily habits so that you have structure to your day. This will help you remember what you need to do.
  • Make lists or keep a diary to help you keep track of the things you need to do, or have already done. Keep the list in a place that is easy to see or that you check every day – so that it becomes part of your daily routine.
  • Many people find it helpful to have a wipe-clean board, blackboard or a wall calendar in their kitchen. You and your family can write down important things about any particular day and you can then check this easily.
  • Put things you use regularly in the same place where they are easy to see. This will help you to keep track of things like keys, glasses or a diary.

Assistive technology products that give you prompts and reminders can help you stay independent and support you as you go about your daily life. They can be of particular use if you find you:

  • forget where you put things;
  • forget to do things; and
  • have difficulty remembering how to do certain things.

For more information read our ‘Practical steps to support your independence‘ booklet which is a for people with dementia and their families. People with mild cognitive impairment and people who are experiencing memory problems may also find this booklet helpful.

In this booklet we explain what assistive technology is; give examples of how assistive technology can help you with daily life; and tell you where you can go and who you can speak to about accessing assistive technology. Click here to download a copy.

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Publications

We have a range of publications for people with dementia and their families, call our Helpline to have your copy sent to you, free of charge. Call 1800 341 341 or email helpline@alzheimer.ie.

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