Gray Matter App Assists with Dementia Care

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GrayMatters App

Although dementia is not my specialty, prior work in long term care settings and recent personal experience with my late mother has given me many opportunities with individuals who were in different stages of the disease.

The recent experience with my mother, afforded me options of using my iPad with her. The iPad interface was intuitive to her, easily  accessed and viewed  even with diminishing vision. Memory, joke or tongue twister apps, taking pictures of her and displaying current family pictures aided communication at times, showing that more could be retrieved given time and additional cues. As the disease progressed her long term memory regressed to earlier days and events. I now wish I had used a story telling app such as GrayMatter app  to facilitate her recall.

Gray Matter – Reaching Beyond Dementia app (free with in-app purchases) is described as an interactive life storybook, paired with music & games. The app aids patients and families preserve past memories, as well as today’s moments. The developers believe ” that people with dementia are “still here,” as Grey Matters taps into the abilities that remain to keep individuals engaged and connected.”

The app allows you to do the following:

• Create a Personalized Life Storybook:
Customize “My Life” story pages for your loved one, filled with long-term memories from his/her life. Upload your own family photos, accompanied by simple text and voice narration to evoke memories from younger years & foster communication.

GrayMatters pic2• Record & Share New Memories:
Instantly capture special moments that occur while using the app together – whether a sparked memory or a smile. Share these “I Remember” videos with family members on the spot.

• Reflect on the World:
Look through pre-loaded “My World” story pages filled with universal content that appeals to your loved one’s interests based on generation–such as entertainers, films, history & pop culture from the 1930s, 40s & 50s. Enjoy 6 free content packs – more content is available for purchase within the app.


• Create a Custom Reminder:
This audiovisual reminder, containing photos, text and voice narration, can reassure your loved one about his/her surroundings. The reminder can be tailored to questions most often asked by an individual, helping to avoid embarrassment and quell anxiety.

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• Listen to Music & Play Games:
Create custom playlists from your iTunes library for your loved one to enjoy while viewing story pages. Music can be an incredibly powerful tool in drawing out long-term memories. In addition, play a game of memory cards together featuring familiar content from your loved one’s life.

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• Create Multiple Profiles:
Grey Matters works very well in both a private, home setting or a larger care facility because you can upload individual profiles for each person in your care. Each user’s personalized story pages, music playlist, profile and My World content will be saved for later use.

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There are many story telling apps that have recording, video, picture and text features, however this app appears specially suited for individuals with dementia.

The Huffington Post ” GrayMatter App Aims to Help People Connect to Love Ones Suffering from Dementia” provides more background information and resources on dementia that is worth reading.

Another app mentioned to support individuals with dementia is the free app Alzheimer’s & Other Dementias Daily Companion providing strategies and resources for caretakers.

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Monitoring System Takes Stigma And Stress Out Of Aging Independently

For any senior who has cringed at the infamous “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” ads, there’s a new product in store that can take the stigma out of aging, far more discreetly

Sourced through from: Huffington Post

Wearable technology has around for a long time for aging in place.  Alert pendants used for falls and emergencies have been around for a long time providing assistance for falls or emergencies for individuals who live alone.

New movement sensing technologies such as  the Lively system, provides sensors that can be attached to doors, medication containers, TV’s, stove doors and monitored through a service that shows activation of the sensors. The information retrieved from online or an app provides information to caretakers on activity received from the sensors.

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The Lively system includes online service, app, sensors or a watch. Starter kits cost about 5$50 and a monthly subscription. This appears to be appropriate from some individuals with mild mobility or cognitive challenges who remain in their home. Check out more about the devices and application at Huffington Post. More information about the system can also be found at

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Proloquo2Go for Apple Watch! Use the app as a single switch on iPhone

Right after we released the first AAC app for Apple Watch, Proloquo4Text, we now release the first Apple Watch app that allows users with fine motor impairments to use the Apple Watch as a switch to access an iPhone: Proloquo2Go! Version 4.0.1 serves as a single switch for Proloquo2Go on the iPhone.

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Wearables as AT are here! AssistiveWare syncs the Apple Watch with Proloquo2Go using the Apple Watch as a switch.


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5 Must-have tools for Ed Conferences from Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually e…


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Jacqui Murray provides a great list of tech tools to help you organize information gleaned during workshops, conferences or even webinars viewed from your workstation or mobile device. My favorite is Notability app for iOS which provides me a method of organizing by broad topics and topics. An audio record tool is also available and ability to take a picture within your notes of  slides or devices presented.

My other favs include OneNote, Google Docs and Evernote, all free. Being consistent in using one is most important for later retrieval (where did I save that???).

Thank you to Jacqui for sharing her expertise for PLN tools!


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MusicGlove Helps Stroke Patients Use Their Hands Again – The Assistive Technology Daily

Friedman hopes to change that with MusicGlove, a wearable computing device designed to help patients improve their fine motor skills. The glove is outfitted with tiny sensors that track the user’s hand movements. Patients use it to play a Guitar Hero-style game that involves pinching and gripping notes on the screen of a tablet.

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OT’s have you seen this new wearable tech device? The MusicGlove  was designed to improve fine motor skills and is being tested in rehabilitation. One of many new wearable tech and rehab devices.  What are your thoughts? Any experience with this device?

HT to AT Daily for sharing great tech tools for individuals with disabilities!


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Reference Apps Free or Reduced

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Here are some anatomy apps that are currently free or significantly reduced that might be helpful to understand anatomy or medical conditions for clinician or patients:

Exploring essential Anatomy iconExploring Essential Anatomy  for iPad (free). Provides images of clinically applicable anatomy.


Shoulder Pro 111 iconShoulder Pro III with Animations (.99; iPhone) regularly 1.99. Provides anatomy of the shoulder with animations. Optimized for iPhone but compatible with iPad.

iMuscle 2 iconiMuscle 2 for iPad2 (.99; iPad2). Provides musculoskeletal anatomy and kinesiology in 3D for exercises and rehab.


Hand and Wrist Pro III iconHand and Wrist Pro III app (.99; regularly 7.99; iPhone/iPad) provides 3D images of the hand and wrist.


Brain and Nervous System Anatomy icon iOSBrain and Nervous System Anatomy (.99; regularly 9.99; iPhone/iPad by Visible Body provides 3D images and animations.

Skeleton Premium icon iOSSkeleton Premium  (.99; regularly 19.99; iPhone and iPad) by Visible Body provides 3D images of the skeletal system.

What medical reference apps for anatomy do you find helpful?

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Study Tools for the OT Practitioner

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Preparing for the NBCOT Certification Exam? With June just around the corner, it is time to prepare for the OT exam.  There are a myriad of tools available to study for the OT certification examination. Online resources, exam study books and apps to help prepare. Online tools are not only for studying for the NBCOT Exam but also for many other OT related specialty areas. Study resources can be helpful if you want to update your skills (wonder what the content is in the OT curriculum these days???) or studying for a specialty certification for the practicing therapist.  Here are a few resources readily available for purchase or free!

Most likely most millennial students already know the resources available to them. As a boomer, it is interesting to stumble upon all these tools available to students and practitioners.  I would guess that most boomers are saying, “if only I had that, how much easier it would have been”. While that may be the case, the knowledge base of current OT practice has expanded exponentially since my college days ! There are many new areas of practice with evidence based also an important focus of practice. Yes, many changes!

Here are a few study tools and also some resources available that might aid studying for the exam for OT Practitioners:

NBCOT Aspire has several resources available specifically for studying:

Numerous books are available for studying such as those available on Amazon for purchase or rent: Amazon Books for OT Exam . Google also has books available for OT Exam preparation.

Other resources:

Study Stack has a variety of resources for OTR/COTA exam as well as study content for any OT Practitioner. , an online resource for flash cards for many subjects, has study topics for US and Canadian OT exams.  Quizlet apps for iOS, Android and Kindle  are also available if you want to make your own multi-media flash cards or use existing cards. OT content is available for many subjects in and may be a handy resource if studying for specialty areas for practicing OT’s as well. Quizlet app is one of a number of free flashcard apps with free online flashcards shared by others. , another online resource of flash cards for subjects related and specific to OT. Study Blue apps for iOS and Android are free allowing download of existing subject flash cards or  the option to create your own.

Whether studying for the exam or keeping your skills up to date there are many technology based tools to help you learn!

What other OT Exam tools have you used?



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