Science has proven, that a combination of how one lives and what one eats, can influence the onset of Alzheimer’s, even with all the uncertainty surrounding the disease. We can recognize the early symptoms of Alzheimer’s and take preventive measures to try to slow it’s onset. Thankfully technology has aided people to combat Alzheimer’s by making it easier for patients and caregivers to manage daily life activities with ease.
The most recognizable symptom of Alzheimer’s is memory loss, especially of newly gained information. Alzheimer’s aids mainly include aids for this purpose. The loss of fine and gross motor skills, tremors, decreased stability and balance are some of the other symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
At Rehab Store, we have a wide range of aids that can help you manage different symptoms of Alzheimer’s, thus making the life of the patient and caregiver easier and more comfortable.
What is Alzheimer’s Disease?
Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that affects memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms eventually grow severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
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Understanding Alzheimer’s and dementia
Alzheimer’s is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases.
TOP TEN PRODUCTS FOR ALZHEIMER’S
Memory Loss Aids
The first set of aids help combat memory loss by allowing the user to create a system to ensure that they don’t forget things in the course of daily activities.
1. Acu-Life One Week Plus Today Deluxe Organizer
Forgetting to take your medication can have severe complications on your health. Alzheimer’s often leads to forgetfulness and hence having a pill organizer can make life easier. The Acu-Life One Week Plus Today Deluxe Organizer is the perfect medication compliance tool. It is designed for easy pill removal and organizes medications for a full seven days plus today. The super capacity compartments hold up to 30 small pills and it has a pull-out medication information card which slides inside the planner.
Features of Acu-Life Deluxe Organizer
- Helps patients stay on track with daily medication
- Mounts easily on walls Dispenses four times a day: morning, noon, evening and bedtime
- Boxed with tab for J-peg
2. Future Call Picture Care Memory Corded Amplified Phone
Alzheimer’s patients often forget names, but may remember faces. If remembering names is a difficult task, imagine how difficult it might be for them to remember numbers. Having a phone that has faces and names instead of numbers can be a helpful device. The Future Call Picture Care Memory Corded Amplified Phone features 10 two-touch or 10 one touch memories with pictures. A switch for 10 one touch keys allows for picture dialing, which is great for people who cannot dial numbers. This phone is backed up even when the unit is unplugged from the line. It is desk and wall mountable and also has a flash key for call waiting.
Features of Future Call Amplified Phone
- Has bright LED lights for incoming calls
- Bright visual ringer with switch Hi, Lo and Off
- Red 911 emergency key
- Hearing aid compatible
- Handset volume control and redial key
3. Talking Photo Album
One of the most emotionally painful effects associated with memory loss is forgetting your loved ones and the memories you shared with them. But photographs can always help one remember those moments. Having a talking photo album can be a great aid to reminisce old events. The Talking Photo Album is an easy-to-use album that holds standard four inch by six inch photos. It’s great for stories and personal information.
Features of Talking Photo Album
- Includes total 24 pages, each with individual message capacity of 10 seconds
- Insert photos and text cards into the transparent envelopes and record corresponding message
- User only needs to squeeze the play button to activate the story
- Easy to use instructions
4. Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory Kit
Functional Linguistic Communication Inventory Kit is a useful tool to assess information processing in moderate and severe dementia patients designed by Kathryn Bayles and Cheryl K.Tomoeda. This timesaving kit takes only 30 minutes for a simple test and requires no special training to administer, yet yields invaluable information about levels of function, the severity of deficits, and preserved functional skills. It is an indispensable resource for planning treatment goals, writing reports, discharge summaries, educating family and caregivers.
Functional Communication Inventory Kit Include
- Manual/25 response record forms
- 25 score form sheets
- Object Kit/Sturdy storage box
Aids for Daily Activities
We also have a wide range of products to enhance fine and gross motor skills and to help you get through the day with ease.
5. Stable Slide Self Feeding Support
Eating can be a difficult task if you do not have a good grip or suffer from tremors. The Stable Slide Self Feeding Support effortlessly guides the arm while moving from plate to mouth. The forearm is also supported as the user gathers food onto the utensil. Then, with a simple sliding motion, one can move the wrist into the smaller top section. This gives stability and support while bringing food to the mouth. The included roof attachment can also be used to help keep the arm on the slide and provide additional control and support.
Features of Stable Slide Self Feeding Support
- Smoothly guides the arm while moving from plate to mouth
- Offers forearm support
- Includes a roof attachment to help keep arm on the slide
- Latex free
6. Easy Grip Hand in Mug
Easy Grip Hand In Mug is designed for people with arthritis or a weak grip. Durable 16 oz. mug features a slot in the middle for easier handling and an improved grip. It is made of high quality polycarbonate that is extremely strong and does not warp. Lid has easy open and close lever and it rotates 360 degree.
Features of EasyGrip Hand in Mug
- BPA and Phthalates free
- Dishwasher safe up to 153°
- Height: 7-5/8″
- Comes in assorted colors
Easy Grip Hand in Mug
7. IndeTools Deluxe Pocket Dresser
Dressing up can be a difficult task for someone with Alzheimer’s. When getting dressed one must engage in a number of small dexterous tasks. An all in one tool, the IndeTools Pocket Dresser is an ultimate multi-tool for portable dressing needs. The four tools, large and small buttonhooks, closed-loop buttoner and zipper-pick all fold neatly into a pocket knife style handle. It accommodates a wide range of button and zipper sizes.
Features of IndeTools Pocket Dresser
- Is made of aircraft aluminum and stainless steel
- Large buttonhook is easily capable of buttoning new, thick, denim jeans
- Closed-loop buttoner and small buttonhook are ideal for medium sized shirt buttons to delicate collared shirt buttons
- Zipper pick functions not only as a zipper pull but also as a pick to pry out buried zipper tabs and undo knotted shoelaces
- Assists handgrip and dexterity
8. Etac Hair Washer With Lightweight Handle
Etac Hair Washer is an ergonomically designed bathing aid that helps reach the entire scalp while the nodules massage the hair clean. The hair washer is used instead of the fingers to apply shampoo and massage the scalp. The shaft and handle are of the same design as the body washer, making it easier for the user to reach the head without putting strain on the hands, shoulders or arms. Handles are oval and have a non-slip surface which enables a secure grip.
Features of Etac Hair Washer Lightweight Handle
- 4-1/2″ long
- Weighs only 4 oz
- Made of lightweight polypropylene
- Latex free
9. Carex Button Hooks with Zipper Pull
Buttoning or zipping your pants can be very frustrating or difficult and hence using an aid can be a good option. The Carex Button Hooks With Zipper Pull is a double-duty dressing aid that benefits people with limited use of their fingers and hands. It works by adding leverage to small zippers and making buttoning easier. The formed wire loop is inserted through the buttonhole, looped around the button and pulled back through the buttonhole. The small hook on the opposite end can be attached to difficult to hold zipper tabs, making it easier to zip.
Features of Carex Button Hooks With Zipper Pull
- Latex free
- Adds leverage to small zippers
- Sizing is by diameter of the handle
10. Sammons Preston Deluxe Hip and Knee Equipment Package
A hip kit can be an excellent option as it contains all those important aids you need. The Sammons Preston Hip and Knee Equipment are designed to allow those with limited mobility to function more independently during daily tasks. Each kit includes the following: SPR 26″ or 32″ Reacher, Flexible Sock and Stocking Aid, 24″ E-Z Slide Shoehorn and 27″ Ergonomic Handle Sponge, Contour. This kit is excellent for personal use.
Features of Sammons Preston Deluxe Hip And Knee Package
- Each kit includes four of the most popular assistive devices for independence
- Choice of 26″ or 32″ reacher
The right aid can ease daily activities and can help a patient or loved one maintain a good grasp on their memories. At Rehab Store we offer a wide range of aids and products to help Alzheimer’s patients lead a safe and comfortable life.
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