Caring for a loved one is challenging enough on our own.  Fortunately, there are a few tools available to make it easier.  Here are a few inventions that will relieve some of the burden we caregivers carry, leaving us a little less frazzled.

YouTube

TV may be a bad babysitter for a child, but people with dementia may love a stroll down memory lane watching programs or movies they enjoyed as children. If you have a smart TV, tablet, or a mobile device—anything with access to the internet—you can stream programs or music that your LO enjoyed in their youth.  Old Western movies, 70s sitcoms, concerts—you can see just about anything on YouTube.  My mom grew up listening to Trio Los Panchos, a ballad-singing musical group that's been recording since the 40s. YouTube has hours of their music available to listen for free. She can sing along for a while, and I get a little break.

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Amazon Echo devices

As a caregiver, Amazon Alexa is my best friend.  An Echo Dot ($??) or Echo Show ($??) will play just about any song your LO liked.  All I say is "Alexa, play songs by Trio Los Panchos," and I have an instant babysitter for mom.  You don't need to have an Amazon Prime subscription, or the extra Amazon Music subscription.  All you need is an internet connection.  Don't have internet yet?  Just use the data plan on your mobile phone (as long as you have an unlimited plan) to link the Echo device to the internet.

There's is so much more that Echo Show can do for your LO—from helping them make phone calls to playing movies on demand to serving as a nanny cam (if you enable that feature).  I will details all of Alexa's uses in a separate article. But get one...you won't be sorry.

 

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