Dementia is rapidly becoming the health and social care challenge of the 21st century. Numbers affected are set to soar because of an expanding older population. Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease or a series of strokes.
- By 2015 there will be 850,000 people with dementia in the UK.
- There are 40,000 younger people with dementia in the UK.
- There are 25,000 people with dementia from black and minority ethnic groups in the UK.
- There will be 1 million people with dementia in the UK by 2025.
- Two thirds of people with dementia are women.
Here are 9 different ways of spotting signs and symptoms of dementia:
- Struggling to remember recent events, but easily recalling things from the past
- Finding it hard to follow conversations or programmes on TV
- Forgetting the names of friends or everyday object
- Repeating yourself or losing the thread of what you are saying
- Problems with thinking and reasoning
- Feeling anxious, depressed or angry about forgetfulness
- Other people starting to comment on your forgetfulness
- Confused even when in a familiar environment
- A decline in the ability to talk, read or write.
The power of music:
Music can unlock memories and kick start the grey matter is an increasingly key feature of dementia care. It seems to reach parts of the damaged brain in ways other forms of communication cannot.
Recently, Age UK reported on how music can impact the lives of people living with dementia and that it is now a regular feature in dementia care. “We tend to remain contactable as musical beings on some level right up to the very end of life,” says Professor Paul Robertson, a concert violinist and academic who has made a study of music in dementia care.
Music provides many benefits for people living with dementia; both for improving the quality of life, especially when living alone, and for its healthy restorative effects on memory. A common problem however, has been that operating musical equipment often causes difficulty and confusion.
Technology is storming ahead with smartphones but is leaving older people behind who just want to hear music. Until now…
The One Button Radio has been developed and designed as a joint venture between DF Sales Ltd. and Design-ability (formerly Bath Institute of Medical Engineering), who previously worked together to release the Day Clock and Ward Clock.
The One Button Radio is a new innovation designed to offer an easy way to listen to your favourite radio stations without the hassle of constantly retuning and changing the volume. Perfect for those who have their favourite station on all day, every day, or for those who find product controls difficult or confusing. We find that this is a great help to those with memory problems or dementia, dexterity problems or for those with visual impairments.
The Radio has two main control dials; one for volume and one for frequency. This allows you to tune the radio to the exact Station and Volume you wish to listen to and turn the radio on by pressing the large button on the top of the Radio. The control knobs can be removed and placed in the rear compartment of the radio for safe storage and the magnetic panel covers the buttons to keep your settings in the right place.
The styling is also reminiscent of old radios and is instantly recognisable as something which plays music.
Key features include:
- Extremely easy to set up and use.
- Both mains powered and battery operated.
- Retro look.
- AUX input.
- Brand new to the UK.
- 12 month warranty
We’re delighted to work with Design-ability again and bring the One Button Radio to market. This fantastic radio will help people reconnect with a world they thought they had forgotten.
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