New app helps Alzheimer's and dementia caregivers

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by Lucy Bustamante, 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on September 17, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 17 at 6:40 PM

NEWPORT NEWS -- There are new resources that can help families coping with the daily challenges brought about by Alzheimer's and other dementia's, including a new app.

Lynn Phillips says she couldn't be happier to see the new Alzheimer's app.

Phillips is the primary caretaker of her mother, Emma.

The new application will tell her how to deal with agitation episodes her mom has when she's confused.

Phillips is getting training on how to use the technology by the owner of Home Instead Senior Care in Newport News, Hollie Bradley.

According to Bradley, caregivers need to learn how to help themselves take care of their loved ones and socialize with others who are feeling the same pressures. 

Bradley says the new app can be a great tool for people who are in a situation that is difficult to handle.

For example, with the app, you can scroll to a section that tells you how to deal with an outburst in public.

According to gerontologist Pam de Young, "For the technologically savvy, which many baby boomers are, this is the next wave of assistance for a growing population."

Home Instead Senior Care is hosting a workshop for caretakers of dementia and Alzheimer's patients on September 23 and 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Click here to download the app from the App Store.



 

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