Living well - Quality of life - Using assistive technology to remain independent

Using assistive technology can help you to maintain your independence. Electronic aids such as alarm clocks, timers and cell phones can be useful in helping you manage the changes that are happening in your day-to-day life. In this section, you will find tips on how to use assistive technology to help you manage your daily life.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of assistive technologies are available? Click for answer

Consider the following assistive technologies.

  • Computer
  • Speed dial on the telephone
  • Timers you can set on ovens and watches
  • Cell phones
  • Alarm clocks
  • Audio recording devices – which are used to record voices and can be helpful to recall thoughts, ideas or conversations. For example, you might find it helpful to bring an audio recording device with you when you go visit the doctor, so you can recall the information you went over during your appointment, or at a later date.
  • Talking watches
  • Talking books

How can I use assistive devices to maintain my independence? Click for answer

Here is how you can use assistive devices to maintain independence:

  • To help remember significant dates and events, you can use an audio recording device
  • Use a dosette or blister packs to ensure that medication is being taken accurately
  • You can set an alarm clock to help you remember when to take medications or to remind you of appointments
  • Having voice mail can help you to keep track of phone calls
  • You can use a large button telephone to program important numbers into your telephone on speed dial
  • Setting timers can help remind you to do household tasks, such as checking the laundry or something in the oven
  • Carry a cell phone. It is a useful way to stay connected to important contacts and it can serve as a guide if you need directions. Program important numbers into the phone and also attach these numbers to the back of the phone.
  • Learn how to use a computer. It can be a helpful tool in writing reminder messages. You can also use the computer to access free games to do memory workouts.
  • Use a Global Positioning System (GPS) if you are still driving. They can also be useful when out walking.
  • Talking watches can help you better understand time
  • Talking books can also be useful if reading is becoming a challenge
  • At home medical alert services can alert others if someone falls or needs assistance

Source: The information above comes from Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program (MAREP) (2008). Tips and Strategies: A 'By Us For Us" Guide. Waterloo, Canada, University of Waterloo: MAREP.

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