A Vocal Memory Aid for Elderly PeopleBy Guillaume, P.; Gerontechnology, Volume 9, Number 4, page 490
Publication Date: October 2010
Paper describes the development of MEM-X, a patented vocal reminder that helps elderly users to remember important tasks by prerecorded spoken messages. The device is programmed by a caregiver. Dimensions of the battery operated device are 115 by 38 by 17 millimeters, and its weight is 60 grams. It is worn around the neck with a supplied lanyard. The back face of MEM-X is meant for the caregiver to record vocal messages and to program the date and time for their delivery via a keyboard and an LCD display. An SOS key releases specific messages for the caregiver; for example, whom to call and what to do in a crisis situation. The front face is for use by the person with memory problems. It comprises a loudspeaker and a prominent central button. A side standard headphone connector enables connection to an amplifier for users with hearing impairments. When the user has an action to perform, a ring goes on until the user presses the central button. The vocal message is then delivered via the loudspeaker. Messages can be replayed by repressing the button. MEM-X can store up to 15 minutes of speech with no limitation in message length. The product was evaluated in a study with 5 caregiver/user pairs over a one-month period. In order of frequency, messages recorded concerned appointments, social events, medications, and housekeeping tasks. The product was reported as useful, intuitive, and valuable for users with memory impairments who are aided by caregivers without mental or physical disabilities.
Assistive Products Discussed: MEM-X
Published by: International Society for Gerontechnology (Website:http://www.gerontechnology.info)
International Society for Gerontechnology (Web Site: http://www.gerontechnology.info )
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