If you or a loved one suffer from short-term memory loss, there’s a new tablet PC designed specifically for you: The Memo Touch, a tech gadget with limited functionality (compared to the typical tablet PCs like iPads), which offers reminders to take medication, keep scheduled appointments and even collaborate with friends and loved ones via an integrated calendar tool.
This collaborative tool can be a lifesaver for long-distance caregivers, saving endless phone calls to remind an aging parent to take care of important tasks. An interactive website, accessible by anyone given a password, allows siblings, professional caregivers and patients to coordinate tasks through scheduled calendar events and personal messages. Loved ones can even send personal messages and photos.
Memo Touch is an especially useful tool when there are several family members all participating in caring for a loved one. With Memo Touch, it’s easy to coordinate schedules, assign family members certain tasks and ensure that everyone involved in care is on the same page and aware of all important details. The device can be updated remotely, meaning caregivers in distant cities can add appointments and other events. It’s more reliable than the typical sticky note and calendar method, as these more tangible items are easily misplaced.
It’s designed specifically for individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, who are still capable of handling many tasks alone yet need a gentle reminder to aid with short-term memory loss. Because it’s designed for aging adults, it’s limited functionality provides a shorter learning curve for those not accustomed to new technology. Memo Touch contains all the features needed to coordinate care and maintain proper schedules, without the addition of dozens of applications that will rarely–if ever–be used.
Memo Touch is a relatively new product, introduced in 2010. Those interested in learning how Memo Touch works can sign up for a free, 14-day trial on the Memo Touch website, which will allow complete use of the website during that timeframe for multiple users. If you decide to purchase Memo Touch, the cost is $299 for the device plus a monthly subscription fee. (6 months at $29 per month or 12 months at $25 per month). There’s a three-month trial period, so if you decide Memo Touch isn’t right for you after trying it for a few weeks, you may return it for a complete refund.