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Technology/Assistive Devices

Dementia Support Northwest - Project Lifesaver


Project Lifesaver is an electronic technology program to locate missing persons. In partnership with Whatcom County Search and Rescue, DSNW serves as the local coordinating agency for Project Lifesaver (PLS) for those who wander. Enrollment in Project Lifesaver includes equipment maintenance, battery changes, and thanks to an anonymous donor, the upfront equipment costs are covered for each and every member.



Alzheimer's Association, Safe Return Program 
The Alzheimer's Association Safe Return® is a nationwide identification, support and enrollment program that provides assistance when a person with dementia wanders and becomes lost.

If an enrollee is missing, one call immediately activates a community support network. Visit the website or call toll-free 1-888-572-8566.

  • Taking Care of Aging Family Member: A Practical Guide. Wendy Lustbader and Nancy Hooyman. (paperback) New York: Free Press, Rev/Ex edition (1994).

  • Counting on Kindness, Dilemmas of Dependency. Wendy Lustbader. (paperback) New York: Free Press (1991).

  • The 36-Hour Day: A Family Guide to Caring for Persons with Alzheimer Disease, Related Dementing Illnesses, and Memory Loss in Later Life. Nancy L. Mace, and Peter V. Rabins. Mass Market Paperback (2001)

  • The Forgetting. Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic. David Shenk, New York: Doubleday (2001).



The Memory Hub 


A place for dementia-friendly community, collaboration, and impact.

The Tech Lab at the Memory Hub features regular hands-on consumer technology demonstrations for people with memory loss and care partners, and trainings to learn how technology can promote social connection, emotional and physical wellness, and independent living. We plan to maintain a library of devices, such as tablets, smart speakers, virtual reality headsets, and more.

On Tuesdays we are offering one-on-one consultations for technology questions, as well as monthly talks and workshops on technology topics such as internet safety, password management, smart home devices, and helpful apps for your cellphone. We will be welcoming guest speakers from UW who are experts in fields of technology and aging. We welcome your ideas for topics, and look forward to your participation.


Zinnia TV 


Life-enhancing videos that support and uplift people facing cognitive changes and dementia.


Learn more here.



GreyMatters App


GreyMatters is an interactive life storybook app for the tablet that aims to improve quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers. Through visual reminiscence, paired with music and games, the app helps patients and families preserve yesterday's memories, as well as share today's joyful moments.


Learn more here.



Cyber Seniors


Free technology support and other virtual classes, such as stretching and meditation


RadioMe (This is in the UK, but is still a great idea that we wanted to share!)


Real-time radio remixing for people with mild to moderate dementia who live alone, incorporating agitation reduction, and diary reminders.



Older Adults and Technology 



8 Tips to Help Seniors Learn Technology 


“Technology and Aging” Event by Aging King County [52:07], Civic Coffee (Monthly meeting, in-person and virtual, available to watch on YouTube)


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