Using Memesto as a Caregiver

A versatile device, the Memesto offers capabilities to utilize as a tool for the following therapies for Memory Care:

Music Therapy

Memesto brings the ability to easily play music with a built-in speaker and headphone jack. A proven therapy for people with dementia, Music has many different applications in Memory Care. Studies have shown Music therapy reduces agitation disruptiveness and prevents medication increases in people with dementia.

Orii McDermott, Martin Orrell & Hanne Mette Ridder (2014) The importance of music for people with dementia: the perspectives of people with dementia, family carers, staff and music therapists, Aging & Mental Health, 18:6, 706-716, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2013.875124

Hanne Mette O. Ridder, Brynjulf Stige, Liv Gunnhild Qvale & Christian Gold (2013) Individual music therapy for agitation in dementia: an exploratory randomized controlled trial, Aging & Mental Health, 17:6, 667-678, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2013.790926

Reality Orientation

With custom messages that can play on a set interval and/or on demand with the press of a button, the Memesto supports reality orientation in a variety of methods. Studies show that non-pharmacological intervention programs (including the use of reality orientation) have a significant effect on reducing overall neuropsychiatric inventory (NPI) score, NPI caregiver burden score and NPI subdomains - psychotic, affective and behavior syndrome - in old veterans with dementia.

Predictors of non-pharmacological intervention effect on cognitive function and behavioral and psychological symptoms of older people with dementia.
Hsu TJ, Tsai HT, Hwang AC, Chen LY, Chen LK.
Geriatr Gerontol Int. 2017 Apr;17 Suppl 1:28-35. doi: 10.1111/ggi.13037.
PMID: 28436192

Music Intervention With Reminiscence Therapy and Reality Orientation for Elderly People With Alzheimer Disease Living in a Nursing Home: A Pilot Study.
Onieva-Zafra MD, Hernández-Garcia L, Gonzalez-Del-Valle MT, Parra-Fernández ML, Fernandez-Martinez E. Holist Nurs Pract. 2018 Jan/Feb;32(1):43-50. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000247.
PMID: 29210877

Simulated Presence Therapy

Memesto gives caregivers the ability to easily play messages from family members and friends to help calm people with dementia. Simulated Presence Therapy has been reported to reduce levels of anxiety and challenging behaviour amongst people with dementia.

J. S. Peak & R. I. L. Cheston (2010) Using simulated presence therapy with people with dementia, Aging & Mental Health, 6:1, 77-81,DOI: 10.1080/13607860120101095

Jessica Zetteler (2008) Effectiveness of simulated presence therapy for individuals with dementia: A systematic review and meta-analysis, Aging & Mental Health, 12:6, 779-785, DOI: 10.1080/13607860802380631

Spaced Retrieval Training

With the capability to play a recorded message that repeats at a set interval of time, the Memesto gives caregivers the opportunity to assist in Space Retrieval Training. Spaced Retrieval Training has been shown to be effective in supporting everyday memory activities in community dwelling older people with dementia.

Chris J. Materne, Mary A. Luszcz & Malcolm J. Bond (2014) Once-Weekly Spaced Retrieval Training Is Effective in Supporting Everyday Memory Activities in Community Dwelling Older People with Dementia, Clinical Gerontologist, 37:5, 475-492, DOI: 10.1080/07317115.2014.907591

Adena Joltin, Cameron J. Camp Ph.D. & Colleen M. McMahon (2006) Spaced-retrieval over the telephone: An intervention for persons with dementia, Clinical Psychologist, 7:1, 50-55, DOI: 10.1080/13284200410001707483

Validation Therapy

Memesto can be used in Validation Therapy with the ability to combine music with messages. Nonpharmacological practices to address behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, such as the psychosocial practice of validation therapy, are acceptable, have no harmful effects, and require minimal to moderate investment.

Evidence-Based Nonpharmacological Practices to Address Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia.
Scales K, Zimmerman S, Miller SJ.
Gerontologist. 2018 Jan 18;58(suppl_1):S88-S102. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx167.
PMID: 29361069

Reminiscence Therapy

Playing music and messages with the Memesto gives caregivers the ability to provide Reminiscence Therapy. Studies have shown Reminiscence Therapy as being effective at immediate and longer-term psychosocial benefits to people with dementia. These benefits included mood, well-being and aspects of cognitive function.

Ponnusamy Subramaniam & Bob Woods (2014) The impact of individual reminiscence therapy for people with dementia: systematic review, Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 12:5, 545-555, DOI: 10.1586/ern.12.35

D. Brooker & L. Duce (2010) Wellbeing and activity in dementia: A comparison of group reminiscence therapy, structured goal-directed group activity and unstructured time, Aging & Mental Health, 4:4, 354-358, DOI: 10.1080/713649967