I heard stories from my Mom, that I’d never heard before
I can tell you that the app has changed the life of my wife with dementia
I wish this had been available for our family when we were looking after my dad
I had a family moving their mom, who has confusion, into our senior living community. Mom wasn’t very happy and she kept commenting about how the kids were just dumping her here. She was being pretty anxious. I thought about the app and started showing her about Iowa since that is where she was from. We ended up sitting on the couch playing while her family got her moved in. It made it easy for me to help her be calm and the kids really appreciated it! Great innovation!!
Great app. Grandma loved it!
An amazing App that anyone at any age can have fun playing. Strongly recommend this app!
Easy to use and lots of popular topics, great tool to provide something to talk about
Brilliant, saw this discussed on tv and downloaded the app. Just played it with my 96 (almost 97) year olf mum and she absolutely loved it. Really good for getting her talking and remebering things
This app is genuinely brilliant the play experience is simple and it gets people engaged and chatting
Reminiscing with the games is a great conversation-starter with my Dad, I love it!
I found this app surprisingly difficult to put down. A nice simple design which is well thought out and great for the elderly. Well done!
This app helped me as the CareGiver. I relaxed, I slowed down, I gave silence, all the things they tell you to do but are so hard as a CareGiver. How I wish I had this app when my mom had her sundowning , to help myself through it. Focus on the patient is paramount but the impact on myself as the caregiver was unexpected
I showed the app to my cousins in the Philippines. They played a bunch of Filipino games with my Grandma, who is 81. My grandma was isolated in the countryside and moved to be with my cousins in the city, they were looking after her. They played Memory Lane Games together and enjoyed the Filipino games available to them. The app enabled them to bond through Filipino culture and food which eventually led to reminiscing memories. They also told me that they learned new information and things from the app, and that it was not just an app to spark memories but an app to create memories with our grandma because of the new facts they were learning together.
My grandad who has dementia is currently in hospital with Covid and visiting time has been very distressing for him. I downloaded your app today and he absolutely loved it! The happiest I’ve seen him since he’s been in there. Your range of quizzes is amazing, he was a huge fan of the Frank Sinatra quiz! Thanks for making such a fab app and for making a horrible couple of weeksa little better. Using the app has really helped to give him a sense of self and success. Will be recommending to everyone!
I played the game on Manchester with my Mum, only to learn that one of the pictures feature the Tram Stop where she would meet my Dad before they were married. Turns out her brother worked round the corner so they had to meet out of sight – he didn’t like my Dad. Who knew…
An elderly neighbour developed dementia and post lockdown his wife wasn’t getting the support needed to manage his care and he began to wander and leave the house alone, creating a safeguarding risk. I started spending time with him so his wife could d have some respite and began using the game. After sessions with him he would engage and interact, and his wife always reported he was much more settled and slept better after theses sessions.
Resident A has a close attachment to her family and loves it when they come to visit. She has short-term memory problems and gets confused and upset when they’ve gone because she feels abondoned so she experiences stress and distress behaviours like calling out and being restless. Staff know that Resident A enjoys playing the Memory Lane Games on the table because she can see pictures of her family in the bespoke quiz that was made for her, so when she gets distressed the staff prompt her to use the tablet to play the game and see her family photo. The game helps her to feel more connected to her family and it distracts her from her distress.”
“Dementia patients can relate to it and find it fun.”
“It’s a brain exercise.”
“I prescribe the app as a brain exercise for those affected by quarantine restrictions.”
“With the app it’s a way to cognitively stimulate patient’s brains, it’s a brain exercise that we prescribe.”
“(The app enables carers to) reinforce positive memories; patients will be very happy when talking about those memories and it improves overall mood.”
“….(the app) develops social interaction between carers and patients with dementia, elicits positive impact for both and improves mood of the patient, making taking care of them easier. It’s a good conversation starter.”
“The Covid pandemic restrictions and social isolation has caused deterioration of cognitive functioning.”
“For those already with dementia there is a noticeable deterioration following Covid.”
“ I really see the need (for this app), dementia cases are increasing and it needs to be addressed with whatever means are available to provide cognitive stimulation exercises at home…”
“For me personally, because I want to learn new things and stimulate my brain, I find it interesting if I find new categories that I don’t already know about – it helps me learn something new!”
“…using the app increases interaction between parents (with dementia) and their children, it’s a good conversation starter.”
“always on hand” even on the “night shift”
I am working with a patient cog/communication in the areas of problem solving, whereas the patient has previously refused to participate in therapy. Prior to PT/OT therapy, I had a discussion with patient re strategies for pain management, and mentioned distraction and frequent rest breaks. I used the app during PT/OT exercises during rest breaks in order to distract patient from aversive feelings toward therapy and pain. I also used the app to sustain patient’s attention and focus during rest breaks. The pace of the game created opportunity for frequent rest breaks in a way the pateint could anticipate and comply with easily. He seemed to look forward to the end of a set of exercises to find out what the next question would be. The other therapists seemed to gain insight into things that motivate this patient, like discussions re john wayne and the beach boys.
Was working with PT, patient severe cog impairment, only really understands given text. I was there to support PT by communicating using writing with patient to promote following directions. Once in the seated position, goal was to sustain seated posture as long as possible. I used MLG while patient was sitting, holding the tablet in sight line. The pateint silently and aloud read each question (SL1 where am i going 1, animals on the farm) very motivated – able to remain seated for 2 games ~5-10 mins, pt “look at how her body is shaking as she sits, she’s using every muscle” patient was fully engaged, not one complaint about sitting (while seated). Able to transition from game back to text, and instruct patient to follow next directions. Patient appeared to respond more appropriately/accurately to questions presented in text following game play as compared to before game play.
I was working with a patient who is able to read better than she can understand auditory information. I have worked with her several times in the past (actually, same patient as mentioned above) using MLG to build joint communication skills, meaning, building her ability to use text to communicate with other people. She has started to recognize me as the “game” girl, and often looks for my tablet when she sees me. On this date, i was scheduled to see her, and met her sitting in the middle of the diniing room, speaking with the director of nursing and infectious disease nurse. They were trying to get her to take the COVID booster shot, and they were using speech only. They spoke to her as if she were deaf, with no result. I interjected, and used writing to successfuly ask a question and get an appropriate response (unformtunately a no, but with a good reason!). We continued to chat for a few minutes using text, then i offered to play a game. We started a question in “whats bmy job 2” and ere interrupted, needed to move to a table. As i pulled the tablet away to move, she said “wait!” i gestured toward the table to communicate where we were going and she said “oh good, lets walk down memory lane again” We played whats my job, then nursery rhymes, then the recommended game “peter rabbit” it was a student-turns-teacher situation, where she knew answers I did not know, and we engaged in joint conversation about the questions. Again, it reinforced the joint attention and communication using text, in functional and fun ways.
It is simple, yet sophisticated, and as a Geriatric Care Manager it’s the best app I have found.
I was able to use Memory Lane Games to engage her mind in an activity, and to distract her from the discomfort of her therapy.
“The Memory Lane Games app develops social interaction between carers and patients with dementia, elicits positive impact for both and improves mood of the patient, making taking care of them easier. I prescribe the app as a brain exercise for those affected by Covid quarantine restrictions.”
I prescribe Memory Lane Games app today for my dementia and stroke patients in the Philippines. It’s a good conversation starter. It develops social interaction between carers and patients, elicits positive impact for both and improves the mood of the patient, making taking care of them easier.
Strengths of Memory Lane Games app: Easy to navigate and use, Quiz questions are very dementia friendly – short & straight to the point. Broad range of topics and locations, Broad range of topics and locations, Able to be translated to different languages, We like the prospect of the app being personalised so that it can be used with family members.
Meeting the residents was ace. We played ‘England in the 60s’ and there was a question on Corrie. It got one resident talking about how she went to the Corrie set with her daughter, that she had even sat in the Rovers Return. She then started quizzing herself about all the barmaids from the original episodes in the 1960s, giving us great ideas for games to build in the future. It was great to have these interesting conversations, discussing our memories.
A friendly work, a kind deed a greeting and a smile these are the simple blessings that make our lives worthwhile
I am Alicja Powell and together with my friend, Joanna Sztukowska, we have created 4 special games for our residents that are included now in Memory Lane Games.
We both work in Ilford Park Polish Home and I have been running the social group for more than 10 years now. We always had quizzes and memory games for our residents, which they always enjoyed. Recently we have introduced Memory Lane Games at our meetings. Our residents love it, especially when they know the answers. It is great fun. One of the residents said it was a pleasant way of testing yourself and staying mentally active. Since we introduced the game, he has downloaded it to his iPad and has been playing it regularly. One of the ladies was surprised to find out how much she remembered from Polish literature.
We highly recommend Memory Lane Games – it is a fantastic way of staying mentally active through your memories.”
Resident B has learning difficulties and gets very upset at the thought of personal care or when personal care is about to happen. When she is given some time to use the memory gameprior to any care needs being addressed, she becomes less upset with the care staff and seems to be distracted from the nature of the task. Also, if she is upset or agitated about something, using the Memory Lane games on the iPad immediately makes her happy as her game is based on animals and her family – her favourite subjects. You can see how she changes and becomes calm and relaxed when playing the game with staff.