Memory Support System KalendarKards
This New Memory Support System offers the tools needed for those with Alzheimer’s to remain at home longer. Recently introduced to this new product, I am very excited. Most of you know I cared for my Mom at home before she passed away 7 years ago with Alzheimer’s.
For several years, my Mom was still physically healthy but appeared lost most of the day. I couldn’t keep her occupied. She could read and watch Television, yet she could not occupy her time alone, without assistance.
When I heard about this new product I thought of Mom and how this would have helped her remain active longer. She enjoyed having activities, she just couldn’t think of things to keep herself busy. In the early stages, this would have been perfect for my Mom. We know now that as the person with Alzheimer’s stays more active, symptoms of dementia are postponed.
I’m so glad I can share this Memory System with you.
Introducing KalendarKards Memory Support System
by David Wiederrich, the CEO and Co-founder
Aging in place is an important option for many of us. It allows us to remain independent, safe, and comfortable – all while enjoying the familiar environment of our own homes. However, whether we are alone or have family around us, we can at times start to need some additional support remembering those important activities in our lives.
Products that can support our continued stay in our own homes are not only valuable to our daily quality of life, but a relatively inexpensive option to the various assisted living environments. KalendarKards is a system that fits the bill and could be the perfect gift that will get used every day.
The KalendarKards Story
Over the course of a year, and through a number of prototypes and revisions, with direct input from that family member, KalendarKards was born. It is based on a nearly 200-card deck of regulation (but highly customized) playing cards. That medium was chosen for its familiar tactile feel, and for ease of handling.
Once the product was fully refined, she became quite comfortable and enjoyed using the system. She contacted a friend and explained that she was very pleased with it and was using it daily.
Cards are provided in a number of color-coded categories ranging from Health (blue) to Important (red.) To customize the individual’s experience further, a generous supply of blank cards and a permanent marker are included.
Simple, single, discreet cues are critical. KalendarKards organizes the week, but only one task at a time is shown – and only the next one up. Each card allows a simple “Play Your Day” peace of mind.
Remember to Remember
Early in the development, the KalendarKards founders recognized the irony of creating a memory support system for those who might not remember to check their memory support system. In addition to the KalendarKards Stadium design intended to be on display and make the cards visible throughout the day, they have incorporated a clever way of providing a subtle, yet persistent reminder.
A very familiar silicone wrist band is provided as a wearable reminder that says “Check Your KalendarKards.” By wearing it on the user’s wrist at all times, it gently reminds them to stay aware of their next KalendarKard event. More products are planned that will surround your loved one with gentle reminders.
Karegiver is Key
KalendarKards is intended to work in conjunction with a caregiver to assist in building the seven daily decks for weekly support. They are built based on the user’s (fondly called “Karder’s”) routine day. When the decks are placed in the Stadium, they show the entire week at a glance – but with only the next task or event details visible.
Throughout the day, the Karder simply takes the next card, acts on it, and moves it to the slot to the right – the “discard” slot. One at a time throughout the day, and throughout the week, they “play their day.” This addresses the need for memory challenged individuals to have only one area of focus at a time.
At the end of the week, the caregiver resets the decks and makes any adjustments for the coming week. This provides a proactive structure for the caregiver to assist the Karder, rather than trying to react to a day where it’s not quite clear what comes next.
Making a Difference
The KalendarKards founders get rewarding feedback frequently on how KalendarKards Memory Support System is supporting Karders in their everyday activities. But it is the feedback from someone who actually doesn’t need it (yet) that is their favorite.
A gentleman who is an early user shared with them he has some early memory challenges. Since he and his wife live together and he receives all the support he needs on a daily basis, both he and she agree he doesn’t “really” need it. They also agree though, it’s a great tool to help him stay on track throughout the day.
However, the Karder also stresses, and his wife agrees: “If I was alone, I couldn’t live without it!”
That is a very powerful testimonial.
For More Information
To see photos and read more about what’s included in the KalendarKards Memory Support System, please visit their web site at: www.KalendarKards.com.
Holiday Shopping Special For Free-Alzheimers-Support Readers!
From now through the end of 2015, use the Discount Code 2015FAS at checkout to earn a 15% discount on all items purchased. This includes the KalendarKards Memory Support System, extra Activity Journals, markers, and the fun “Check Your KalendarKards” wrist bands.
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You will not find a better Holiday Gift for your family member with Alzheimer’s, dementia