Software helps seniors with memory and engagement

"It's always a tender moment for me and precious moment for me when they get engaged," said Wentz.

Posted: Apr. 10, 2018 6:55 PM
Updated: Apr. 10, 2018 8:08 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A memory care community in Eugene is using technology to help residents connect with each other.

The software is called It's Never 2 Late (or iN2L for short). It's helps seniors exercise their minds and bodies in fun and engaging ways.

Farmington Square in Eugene has been using it for the past two years and staff tells KEZI it brings a lot of joy to their residents.

Some of their residents have beginning stages of memory loss and others have advanced stages of Alzheimer's. Activities Director Trixie Wentz said when they turn on the large, touch screen monitor and fire up the iN2L, she sees her residents light up.

"It's always a tender moment for me and precious moment for me when they get engaged," said Wentz.

Resident Jean Fuller said bingo is her favorite activity, but she said on Tuesday that she really enjoyed seeing the pictures from the zoo.

"Those animals were very interesting, just very good," said Fuller. 

iN2L offers more than 4,000 different activities, likes puzzles, games, and coloring. All of them are designed for residents with dementia by a group of experts based in Colorado.

"When we do music, sometimes we put music on there because there's karaoke and you can sing along with it, and watching their toes tap...it's always a joy," said Wentz.

She said a group favorite is the game "Finishing the Line," an exercise that not only helps their minds but also brings a lot of joy and smiles.

The creators of this software said current research shows that iN2L engagement increases quality of life and provides stress relief.

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