Early Adoption of Memory Assist Technologies

by Christine Mullholand

Early adoption of a memory assist technologies can help individuals stay in control of their lives longer. How many times have we said to ourselves or others “I can’t seem to remember things like I used to” or “I can’t believe I missed that appointment or forgot to send that birthday card” etc.? There are plenty of technologies that can help us with various aspects of our lives but pulling them all together can be a nightmare. I am 71 years old and I have an extremely busy life that includes participation in 5 businesses, watching over the care of a developmentally disabled brother, finishing my book The Happiness Curve and being a caring, contributing person to family, friends and community. 

Two weeks ago, I decided to see if RememberStuff (RS) could help me have a better handle on setting priorities, meeting deadlines and having pertinent information at my finger tips. I have tried various technologies to manage my calendar, manage documents and keep track of the status of things… but they are a hassle to coordinate or easily configure for my personal situation. Over the next few weeks I will share my experiences of using an RS unit on this RememberStuff.com blog. I will compare it to how I used other technologies and what I have given up and what I have gained. Both my mother and her mother died of Alzheimer’s disease.  My husband’s mother died of this disease as well.  Many families have experienced the painful path this disease takes and I keep thinking I am next.  I want to do everything that I can now, while I am still functioning well, to stay healthy and have tools to help me stay organized and not become overwhelmed by my daily activities.

  • 1/17/2019  My mom was the first user of our prototype unit.  She lived in Key Largo, Florida and I lived in Columbus, Indiana.
  • 1/20/2019  I purchased an RS Unit for my youngest grandchildren.  I find that I enjoy creating quizzes for them.  I can create quizzes to help them count or do simple math or for them get to know distant relatives and pets through pictures, videos, messages and quizzes.

This picture shows a quiz I created to name the pets in the pictures I present.