People with dementia can often make great use of touchscreen devices like iPads. Many “Apps” for these devices involve tactile and very simple to use interactions to play games and engage in activities that support memory. We thought it would be helpful to introduce you to a few… they really can change the quantity and the quality of engaging moments for people with dementia.
MindMate by MindMate LTD
This FREE app helps people with dementia get focused, providing many activities that motivate problem-solving and attention building. It also provides entertainment through eight interactive games that teach while they stimulate.
Let’s create! Pottery by Infinite Dreams Inc.
Making ceramics has never been more simple and fun! With this $4.99 app, create “one of a kind” pottery items on a virtual wheel, then decorate using dozens of materials to create unique works of art. Making art helps people with dementia feel accomplished and relaxed, adding brilliant value to the quality of their day.
Not Like the Others by Ian Robertson
This $3.99 app displays 4 objects and the player must determine the object that does not belong in this category. When the screen displays three types of fruit and one car, the player selects the car. This type of deductive reasoning activates memories and may even spark some that have been suppressed. This app is sure to stimulate interactions with family and CAREgivers.
DoReMe Piano by Giuseppe Calcagno
This $0.99 app turns any tablet into a piano. Music is especially meaning to people with dementia, it sparks memories and cultivates joy which directly translates into improved well being.
Ocean Coloring Book by Peep Software
This FREE app allows a creative outlet, in very simple formats. Rated one of the best coloring books, it includes finger painting, finger coloring, and blank page coloring. The unique features found in this app anyone feel like an artist! Click HERE to read why art is an important outlet for people with dementia.
Bubbles by Stefano Frassi
This $1.99 app is simple, engaging, and a fun interactive game where the player simply pops bubbles for a delightful response. Touch the screen to create all the bubbles that you wish. Tap to pop the bubbles. Touch and hold to blow giant bubbles! Don’t underestimate the power of entertainment!
Aquarium Live By Voros Innovation
Turn your iPad into a beautiful aquarium! This $2.99 app is very relaxing, endless hours of engagement as coral reef ocean scenes bring forth colorful fish, vivid reef nature, and endless esthetic beauty. An absolute must have for car trips and doctor visits.
iPads can also be used for accessing websites like YouTube and Pandora, which offer limitless video and music content.
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