The west Orange County nursing home is using Apple iPad 2 tablets to jump-start residents’ memory, mobility and social skills that have deteriorated through age, Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia.
“It came to us as a happy accident,” said Judy Skilton, Health Central Park’s director. “What started out as one resident’s curiosity about … an iPhone turned into something that is helping them spell, track items, make choices and read words. It’s amazing.”
The iPad’s innovative approach with the elderly could open doors to new geriatric and Alzheimer’s research as the nation’s baby boomers near retirement age and tablets increase in popularity, experts say.
“They are on the cutting edge of technology and geriatric care,” said LuMarie Polivka-West, president of Florida Health Care Association, the state’s largest advocacy organization for long-term-care providers and the elderly. “We hope to encourage the use of this new technology.”
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