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Everyday technologies, like digital music players and tablets, can help older adults stimulate their minds, connect to meaningful memories, and socialize with each other. 

The tablet engagement training has been 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.

As part of the course, care staff will select residents to participate in the first phase of the program. Between semi-weekly webinars, staff will be prompted to complete individual and group engagement sessions with selected residents.


  Each community will receive a fully configured tablet but can also use previously purchased and donated devices.

Each community will receive a fully configured tablet but can also use previously purchased and donated devices.

Tablets

Get started with a No-Setup, Managed iPad

Participating communities will receive the latest model 9.7” iPad, preconfigured with recommended apps, security settings and accessories. When you receive the iPad, simply connect it to Wi-Fi and you’re ready for training.

Use Previously Purchased or Donated Devices

Communities can also use previously purchased or donated devices. The engagement activities feature free apps that are widely available on Apple (iOS) and Android (Google Play) app stores.


Webinars

The tablet series was developed in partnership between MUSIC & MEMORY® and Generation Connect. Live webinars will be led by Generation Connect team Gerontologist Debby Dodds and co-founder Michael Potteiger. 

 
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Debby has been using tablets at libraries, retirement communities and nursing centers to connect with people that have dementia and other cognitive challenges, since her mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease more than 5 years ago. She will share stories of the successes and challenges of using tablets to engage older adults with physical and cognitive challenges. 

She will also encourage you to share your stories. Debby believes that tablets are so impactful because they empower caregivers to be creative and evoke truly beautiful experiences.

 
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Michael will focus on the technology, so care staff can focus on connecting with residents. He will ensure that the tablets are setup with all of the recommended content, and that communities have access to webinar recordings, printed guides and instructional videos.

Like Debby, Michael has years of experience using tablets with older adults and will share advice, helpful tips and some his favorite stories.


  Training guides for all featured apps are available on-demand.

Training guides for all featured apps are available on-demand.

Printed training Guides

Each webinar will introduce specific apps for engagement, and advice on how to incorporate these apps into individual and group activities.

For every recommended app, there are step-by-step lessons specific to the most important features. They are visual learning guides, designed with large informational graphics.

There are also printed guides with advice on how to host engagement sessions. These guides include vivid illustrations and anecdotes from successful communities.


Video Tutorials

Each step-by-step lesson has a corresponding video demonstrating key features. The tutorials and guides will be available on-demand, making it easy for care teams get new people involved and learn best practices for engaging care recipients.

  Learn how to use popular apps, such as Google Earth, for individual and group engagement sessions.

Learn how to use popular apps, such as Google Earth, for individual and group engagement sessions.


  Program surveys are short, simple, and incredibly helpful for incorporating your feedback into the program.

Program surveys are short, simple, and incredibly helpful for incorporating your feedback into the program.

Surveys & Giveaways

Participant feedback is key to the continual development of Music & Memory technology engagement training. Communities will have the option to submit short, anonymous surveys about mood outcomes for participants and caregivers. Survey submissions will result in organizations being eligible for technology giveaways.

 

Support

Participating communities will have access to dedicated phone and email support throughout training. Following the training, communities will have the opportunity to enroll in quarterly tablet webinars on new and innovative technology solutions.


Interested in Learning about tablet engagement training for your care organization?


Frequently Asked Questions

 

When is the tablet training scheduled?

Communications for the project will begin during the first week of January. The start-up tablet training will run a total of 5 weeks, including 3 live webinars:

 

Webinar #1: Tablet Introduction & Selecting Resident Participants

Thursday January 25th at 1 PM EST

 

Webinar #2: Personalized Tablet Engagement

Using YouTube to Personalize Engagement, Improve Mood, & Facilitate Reminiscing

Thursday February 8th at 1 PM EST

 

Webinar #3: Tandem & Group Tablet Activities

Using Games and Art to Connect People in Small and Large Groups

Thursday February 22nd at 1 PM EST

 

What happens after the start-up training?

At the conclusion of training, communities will receive a project summary report based on caregiver feedback and will be eligible for technology giveaways.

Download the Summer 2017 Tablet Engagement Report

All organizations that enroll in the January 2018 training will also have one year access to project resources (guides, videos, webinars) and future tablet webinars on topics such as virtual travel, relaxation and mediation, and voice-activated speakers.

 

What’s covered during training?

Webinar #1: Tablet Introduction & Selecting Resident Participants

The first webinar is designed to introduce the staff to the equipment and resources, and help prepare for future tablet engagement sessions with residents. Topics include:

  • How tablets can help enhance personalized engagement in care communities
  • How staff can benefit from tablet activities
  • How communities can use tablets to increase socialization
  • How to store, charge, and maintain your equipment
  • How to ensure privacy and security on the tablets
  • How to get started navigating the tablet
  • How to sign into the online courses and complete pre-training surveys
  • How to select residents to participate in tablet engagement sessions
  • How to schedule engagement sessions
  • How to engage families and the community in your tablet program

Online Course Module #1: Personalized Tablet Engagement

Participants will be prompted to complete an online course with detailed step-by-step lessons for recommended tablet activities. Each lesson is also available as a printable PDF guide.

Webinar #2: Personalized Tablet Engagement

Using YouTube to Personalize Engagement, Improve Mood, & Facilitate Reminiscing

Topics include:

  • How to use YouTube for personalized engagement
  • How to prepare for a personalized tablet engagement session
  • How to adjust tablet settings for resident’s with hearing or vision impairment
  • How to use accessories to enhance engagement sessions
  • How to introduce the tablet to residents
  • How to adjust your approach based on resident verbal and non-verbal cues
  • How to provide feedback using the built-in survey app
  • How to use personalized engagement sessions to manage moods
  • How to incorporate personalized engagement sessions into care plans

Online Course #2: Tandem & Group Tablet Activities

Participants will be prompted to complete an online course with detailed step-by-step lessons for recommended tablet activities. Each lesson is also available as a printable PDF guide.

Webinar #3: Tandem & Group Tablet Activities

Using Games and Art to Connect People in Small and Large Groups

Topics include:

  • How to use tablets to facilitate socialization in small groups
  • How to use art apps in small groups
  • How to adapt art apps based on resident abilities
  • How to use puzzle apps in small groups
  • How to adapt puzzle apps based on resident abilities
  • How to use tablets to facilitate socialization in large groups
  • How to connect the tablet to a TV or projector
  • How to use games in small or large groups
  • How to adapt games for residents with varying abilities
  • How to include family members in social activities
  • How to experiment with new apps

 

Do I have to purchase a tablet to participate or can I use tablets that we already own?

To ensure that communities can access the recommended apps and complete the course activities, we require all communities to purchase at least one Music & Memory managed tablet for the course.

Since the course content focuses on free and widely available apps, communities will also be able to implement suggested engagement strategies using previously purchased or donated devices.

What’s included in the Equipment?

  • 9.7” iPad with 32 GB of storage (2017 model)
  • Protective Shell Case
  • $25 iTunes Gift Card