This inspiring article demonstrates how using I-Pads can benefit people with mental health issues including dementia. This is something that resonates with my interests in ‘hands’ and the creative part of the brain in persons with dementia being the area of the brain that remains the most intact until the later stages of the disease – there are more nerve connectors between the hands and the brain than any other part of the human body. So using I-pads with participants is something well worth exploring in terms of touch and kin aesthetics, music, I-Pad Art, photography, reminiscence, films; the potentialities to engage and improve wellbeing for persons living with dementia using I-Pads are boundless…! When I carried out an artist residency in a care home populated by people with dementia I used an I-Pad on a few occasions to show the participants photos I had taken of their hands and it proved to be very engaging and accessible. I’m looking forward to trying this out more with my participants. Thanks to Susan Anderson for her inspiring post!
by Susan Anderson, HPCCR Social Worker
Editor’s Note: A couple of years ago, a social worker at HPCCR found that she could get many of her formerly unresponsive dementia patients to engage with her if she brought her iPad to their visits. And just like that, an entire organizational program was created around using iPads with dementia patients. Realizing both the success and the potential of the program, what quickly followed was an effort to raise money to purchase iPads for all HPCCR social workers. While many of them are fortunate to have one, there are still others — like Susan Anderson — who share one with another social worker. Our fundraising efforts continue; if you are interested in learning more about supporting this worthwhile program, visit the dementia care page on our website, or contact our Development Department at 704.375.0100. Meanwhile, let Susan’s stories below awe and inspire you!
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