Alzheimer’s Digital Clock Keeps Time for those with Dementia
An Alzheimer’s Digital Clock Keeps Time for those with dementia.
Before my Mom’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis she lived alone and called me first thing every morning to ask the day and the time.
Actually, she often called 5 or 6 times in the morning to learn the day, date or time. I thought she was lonely and needed to hear my voice to feel better.
After awhile, it became a real nuisance. I loved my mother dearly but really… I knew mom had a big, colorful Cukoo Clock that crowed way too loudly every hour 24 times a day.
Now, that was a nuisance! But it announced the time–Loud and Clear. I couldn’t imagine why it didn’t catch her attention for day, date and time.
Now, as I look back, I can hardly believe that I was so annoyed that Mom would not take her medication on time. In hindsight, if she couldn’t remember what day it was or what year it was or even what time it was, how could she possibly remember whether she’d taken her pills on time?
The person with Alzheimer’s not only forgets to look at the Calendar, but often forgets how to read a calendar or the round face on a clock with hands.
Folks with Alzheimer’s dementia lose their “sense of time” in general and the hands on a clock are totally useless. A digital clock, referred to as the Alzheimer’s Clock, tells them the time in a simple way. There is no determining the time yourself, like with hands on the face of a clock. A digital clock is a simple Numbered Clock. Or, Alzheimer’s Clock (we often call it.)
Mom would suppose that the 6th day of the month on the calendar referred to the 6th month of the year. If it was the 10th of January, Mom would point to the 10 on the calendar and ask, “So it’s October now?” Numbers, Dates, Calendars all caused colossal confusion for Mom. A standard calendar became useless.
It was easier for Mom to call and ask the day, date and time every morning! than to struggle with numbers circling around on the wall.
The problem with that solution was that Mom would quickly forget she had called— then call again and again and again throughout the morning. The bigger problem was that Mom was too confused and embarrassed by the situation to tell me that she could no longer read a calendar or clock or watch.
Once I understood that she could no longer use a calendar or read the hands on a clock, all of our confusing conversations about day, date and time finally made sense. Regrettably, this didn’t occur until Mom finally came to live with us. Mom gets a Watch that can Really Tell Time!
Since some of you have the same issue with your loved one, I’ve had many requests for digital calendars and clocks and watches without hands, so your loved one can keep time!