The loved one suffering from Alzheimer needs extra attention, care, and specialized communication to accommodate cognitive impairments. He or she may ask the same questions over and over or seek assurances from the family members repetitively. This eventually leads to increased stress on the family members, resulting in burnout, exhaustion, depression, and guilt. This family member (who is caring forthe loved one) also has children to take care of and spouse, and a job to do. This becomes an overwhelming situation!
Yet, we don’t have a special intervention for Alzheimer’s loved one, who is not able to operate any technology due to cognitive and functioning impairment(s). Social media such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Instagram are designed for cognitively intact individuals who can operate these technologies. Elderly individuals with ADRD are in a need of a specialized communication with others.
One potential major intervention would be to connect the individuals with ADRD to their family members, their familiar environment, and to their past. This needs to be automated and looped to accommodate changing cognitive impairments of these individuals over the period. Our solution, AlzhaTV, addresses these very needs of the individuals with ADRD. AlzhaTV allows individual with ADRD to connect to family members, friends, outside world and to their past without needing to use any technology. AlzhaTV allows communication among the individual with ADRD,their family members and caregivers.