iPad for Caregivers program helps those with dementia

Ed Fitzgerald, formerly from IBM and owner of a technology services business, will present a program titled, “iPad for Caregivers” Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m., at the Bigelow Center, 100 Mona Terrace, Fairfield.

Free, but advance registration is required by calling 203-256-3166.

Ed Fitzgerald became a caregiver when his wife was diagnosed with Frontotemporal degeneration, commonly referred to as Pick’s disease. The disease results in progressive damage to the temporal and/or frontal lobes of the brain, and communication was becoming more difficult. Ed looked for ways to help her, and using an iPad, he created a home screen of links, games, videos, pictures and more, which he uses when they are together, and he found that it helps them enjoy being together.

Fitzgerald will demonstrate how to use the iPad to interact with a person with dementia. His approach may be applied to other types of tablets as well.  Recently, Ed Fitzgerald presented this topic at an Alzheimer’s Association program in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Caregivers and others, including professionals interested in learning how to help someone with dementia communicate, are welcome to attend this program.

Bigelow Center is accessible to people who use assistive devices.

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