Personalizing Care with Everyday Technologies

When someone in your care lives with dementia or another cognitive impairment, it can be tremendously challenging to communicate and find ways to help them rediscover pleasure in the world. Chronic pain or physical impairments may present similar challenges.

Personalized technology solutions can bridge that gap and help care teams make meaningful connections.

Generation Connect is a team of aging experts and technologists that work together with forward-thinking care organizations to build engagement solutions that promote person-centered care through technology innovation.

MP3 players, tablets, voice-first speakers, and virtual reality headsets can dramatically enhance the care experience.

Resources for Caregivers

A collection of free resources to help caregivers learn more about utilizing technology to personalize care.


 Access on-demand courses specifically developed for family caregivers.

ONLINE COURSES FOR FAMILY CAREGIVERS

Providing care for a loved one is an extremely fulfilling, but it's also a very complex and challenging journey. Our team partnered with the team at ElderHelp of San Diego to create a 4-course series on family caregiving. Each course includes educational resources, actionable worksheets, and inspiration from other families.

Learn more about the courses.


 Understanding the difference between rational and intuitive thought can make a world of difference for dementia caregivers.

DEMENTIA CARE ANIMATED VIDEO

Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias impact millions of caregivers every day. While there are many resources that provide valuable information on dementia care, they tend to focus on the loss of abilities and strategies for coping. We produced an animated video written by author Judy Cornish, the creator of the DAWN Method, that tells the other side of the story.

The Good News About Dementia video focuses on what is NOT lost with dementia - the intuitive thought skills used to appreciate music, beauty, and human connections.

View the video.


DEVICE TRAINING

 Free tutorials for the iPad to help caregivers better utilize technology.

Some caregivers may be hesitant to adopt new technology. Learning something amid the stress of caring for a person with cognitive or physical difficulties can be intimidating.

Our team designed a series of resources designed to help new learners adopt one of the most effect tools for caregiver engagement - the iPad. As we continue to build solutions for our parters, we plan on offering a wider selection of free device tutorials.

Learn more about our free iPad resources.

Engagement Programs for Care Organizations

Many care organizations invest in technology solutions to improve marketing or business operations, but overlook the potential of using technology to enhance care services and reduce staff turnover.

Offering programming, training, and equipment to help caregivers make meaningful connections through personalized music, photos, videos, and family connections can be a true differentiator for your care organization. These programs not only enrich the lives of the people you serve, but can also improve employee satisfaction and promote a person-centered culture. 

Personalized engagement programs improve care, enhance culture, and demonstrate your organization's commitment to the individual needs of the people you serve.


MUSIC & MEMORY® PERSONALIZED MUSIC PROGRAM

  MUSIC & MEMORY® is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology.

Music & Memory's personalized music program is the gold standard of technology engagement solutions for care homes. It's affordable, effective, and has been field-tested in thousands of care settings throughout the US and around the world. The program is designed to help people in nursing homes and other care organizations who suffer from a wide range of cognitive and physical challenges find renewed meaning and connection in their lives through the gift of personalized music.

The team at Music & Memory trains care professionals how to set up personalized music playlists, delivered on low-cost digital music players, for those in their care. These musical favorites tap deep memories not lost to dementia and can bring participants back to life, enabling them to feel like themselves again, to converse, socialize and stay present.

Learn more about the Music & Memory personalized music program.


MUSIC & MEMORY® TABLET ENGAGEMENT SERIES

 Tablets can be used to personalized engagement activities in group and individual settings.

Tablets can be used to personalized engagement activities in group and individual settings.

Tablets are an invaluable resource for helping caregivers make meaningful connections in both group and individual settings. By personalizing activities with images, videos, and music, care teams can help older adults stimulate their minds, connect to meaningful memories, and socialize with each other. 

The tablet engagement training was developed with those goals in mind. Based on years of development, each lesson focuses on how care communities can utilize free and widely accessible apps to enhance personal and group engagement, including:

  • Using YouTube to facilitate reminiscing
  • Connecting a tablet to a TV for group-based brain games
  • Using Google Earth to take virtual field trips

The Tablet Engagement Series includes equipment setup, startup webinars, support, and access to a library of training resources. Courses and exclusive engagement content are available on-demand for leadership, caregivers, and volunteers.

Learn more about the Music & Memory tablet engagement series.

Services

We help brands differentiate care services through customized engagement solutions.

 Generation Connect works hand-in-hand with care organizations to develop customized technology solutions.

Our team leverages a diverse set of skills and life experiences to build customized engagement solutions. We focus on projects that are at the intersection of caregiving and technology innovation.

Our team build solutions that are informed by our in-house gerontologist and years of field experience. We leverage our industry knowledge to help brands launch, analyze, and refine technology solutions.

If your organization is interested in deploying personalized music, tablets, voice-first speakers, or virutal reality, we can help. Our services include:

  • Content Creation & Animation
  • Online Course Developement
  • Device Deployment, Management, and Support
  • Data Collection & Analysis 

Contact us for more information or click to learn more about Generation Connect services.