Alzheimer Patient Clocks

The Need for a Special Clock

Forgetting what day of the week it is can be very frustrating for an Alzheimer patient! My Mom is currently dealing with this very issue.

When asked what day of the week it is, she pauses and gets a very puzzled look on her face. Her days seem to run together. Planning ahead for an event is difficult as time has no meaning for her. For instance, she has a standing appointment two days a week at the Hair Salon in her retirement village. Getting her there requires several phone calls before the appointed time. Even then, time can get away from her and she may or not make it down the hallway to get her hair done. These appointments are scheduled on Tuesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. To remember that it is Tuesday or Friday can be a major hurdle in her world.

A Solution To Jog The Memory

How can the family help? How can we reduce the stress of trying to remember the day of the week? There are some wonderful clocks on the market that display the day of the week, date AND the time! A large display is necessary for a large room. Placing one of these informative clocks near the front door can be very helpful. In addition, seeing this same daily information first thing in the morning can help. To awake to the time, date, and day of the week can help start the day out right. While dressing for the day, that display can be a reminder as needed.

A clock in the bedroom on the bedside table and one in full display in the main living area will provide the daily and perhaps hourly reminders Mom needs. It is worth the expense and time to make her world a little easier.

These clocks, with the date and time, cannot be found everywhere.You may have to do some searching for just the right size and style to meet your needs and decor. Amazon has a nice selection that can be ordered on line.

I trust that your friend or family member suffering with dementia will benefit from this modern technology, available at a nominal price. To me, anything that helps is worthwhile.

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PaulaK 5 years ago from Austin. Texas Author

Thanks Timetraveler2!

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TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

This is a great idea. My own mother suffered from Alzheimers, so I know how tough it can be. I agree that anything that can make things easier is worthwhile.

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