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                             “Using the iPad with a person who has Dementia”

Keeping a person with dementia engaged in activities can be very challenging. Ed Fitzgerald, a technology consultant whose wife is living with Frontotemporal Degeneration, looked for ways to use technology to help her.
After some trial and error, he developed an approach to using the iPad, by creating a home screen of activities they do when they are together, combining apps, links, games, videos, pictures and more.
During this seminar, Ed will talk about how he got started on this project, demonstrate how they use the iPad, the process by which he created a customized set of activities and offer advice on how to proceed if someone is interested in pursuing it with their loved one.
He has also explored the use of augmented reality, virtual reality and a combination of real play and virtual play. .

About our Speaker:

Ed Fitzgerald is an online marketing and technology consultant working with small businesses to maximize their visibility on the web, via social media, email marketing and other programs. His wife Diane was diagnosed with Frontotemporal Degeneration (FTD) in 2010. Using his technology experience, he developed an approach to using the iPad to keep her engaged and mentally stimulated, which is what he will talk about here today.
Ed’s previous experience includes working in the healthcare field, where he developed multimedia, multilingual continuing medical education for radiologists, and a career with IBM in programing, management, marketing and business strategy.
His new mission in life is to share what has worked so well for him and his wife, with others who are in need and can benefit from their experience.

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Meeting Details and Directions

Everyone is invited to attend the meeting at the Trumbull Library, 33 Quality St.
See you there from 7:00 PM to 9 PM.