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AT Options for Those with Memory Loss and Dementia

Thursday, September 12, 2013
9 AM Pacific, Noon Eastern

There's a growing collection of tools that can issue reminders, keep caregivers informed, enable or prevent phone calls, track movement, and increase the safety of those living with memory loss. We'll look solutions for these typical areas of concern, for use in the home and/or assisted living.


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Freedom from the Nursing Home: Funding AT

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern

Funding AT for those discharged from a nursing home.

When a person has been discharged from a nursing home, it is crucial to have access to technology and other devices to support their ability to live independently in the community. It can be difficult to get the devices needed quickly from insurance providers.

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Healthy Computing: AT for Taking Breaks

Healthy computing may depend upon taking regular breaks. This article looks at the impact of computing on the body, tools for taking breaks, and what to do when you take a break.

It could be that the computer is addictive or our jobs require us to spend hours, which are made longer if we keep up on the hottest YouTube videos or check Facebook postings. But hours in front of the screen can have an impact.

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Alzheimers/Dementia: When You Need AT to Prevent Things Happening

Sometimes AT can help by NOT allowing something to be done, enabling a person with dementia to stay in their home longer.

Assistive technology can be used to disable, redirect, or otherwise prevent a person from doing something that may no longer be safe. Starting at $7 and with only one of them over $100, these items may be easy to install and use.

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Technology and Cognitive Support: Strategies and tools for Memory, Scheduling and Time Management

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
9:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 PM Eastern

AbleNet presents Gayl Bowser a beginner/intermediate session.

This three-part series will explore the question, “How can technology support independence and participation for people with cognitive disabilities?” We will demonstrate examples of technology solutions that can help with task prompting, scheduling and activities of daily living.  We will explore product options such as calendars, schedulers, task assistants, transition ai

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Independent Living As We Age

In honor of National Falls Prevention day this Friday, Sept. 23rd, the National Council on Aging posted an article debunking the commonly held belief that the older we get the more likely we are to fall. They've responded to 10 popular myths such as "4. As long as I stay home I can avoid falling or 5. Muscle strength and flexibility can't be regained".

At the Accessible Technology Coalition we are all about how technology can promote and support living independently. There are many types of devices that can help to keep people active and strong as we age.

Regarding falls, technology may not be preventing them just yet but new fall detectors, with gyroscopes, mean that a fall can be reported even if the person can't press a button. One product and service from Phillips never needs charging and is waterproof.

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Cognitive Training Software

Cognitive training can be used to address behavior issues in children, memory loss in elders, and other cognitive skills. This article lists some software that's currently available and provides suggestions for what to look for when selecting cognitive training software.

Cognitive Training Software for Basic Skills

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Assistive Technology for Safety and Security

There are three types of products related to safety and security that may be of interest to people with disabilities:

  • Products that provide redundant alerts for people who are deaf or hard of hearing
  • Products that allow people with various disabilities to signal for help
  • Products that provide assistance to people with cognitive disabilities

This article covers all three.

Redundant Alarms

Most alarm systems use a loud sound. People with hearing loss need a redundant signaling method that uses lights, vibration, or both, or may connect to a lamp that flashes when activated. These features are available on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, burglar alarms, and baby monitors; many can be found in home improvement stores or big box retailers.

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