Making Connection a Team Effort

Coordinating care for a loved one with memory loss is complex. While every family's situation is unique, there is no avoiding the practical challenges. Daily tasks such as driving to appointments or household chores require living nearby to help, so geography often determines who is most involved.

While care coordination is vitally important, so is social planning and engagement.

People with memory loss and their families rarely take effort to make plans for staying in touch and seeking out enjoyable experiences. Unlike many of the practical tasks, loved ones can help with social engagement, whether they live nearby or far away.

The social side of family care is overlooked and underestimated. The Care Team Connect (CTC) app is a tool to help all family members stay involved socially, even when you cannot be there in-person.

Building Your Team

Whether you are the "old school" family member that’s never had Facebook or the go-to for tech support, you can help personalize care for your loved one.

Family members and friends hold the keys to unlocking enjoyable experiences and comforting memories. All generations have a role to play. Formal care aides use personally meaningful music, photos, and videos to connect with care recipients.

  • Spouses and siblings have memories and insights from early in life.
  • Children can reflect on favorite moments and pastimes from their own upbringing.
  • Grandchildren can add their favorite stories and share traditions that live on through the generations.

For most people living with Alzheimer's Disease and other forms of dementia, staying connected with familiar people and experiences is the most effective approach for managing symptoms.

How to Support the Team

Family members, friends, and health care professionals can spark conversation, engage the mind, and help with relaxation through personalized photos, music, and videos.

The are three quick and easy ways to help support the team:

#1: Upload a Photo

When you receive a thoughtful text or endearing photo, the brain releases chemicals that enhance mood and feelings of connection. Use the CTC app to upload a picture that your loved one will enjoy and take some time to write a caption that will put a smile on their face.

#2: Share a Topic or Story

Typically, people with memory loss are more easily able to recall information from many years ago than recent memories. Meaningful topics and stories are most accessible. Sharing personal insights can help care aides relate to your loved one and make time spent together more enjoyable.

#3: Make Music Suggestions

Familiar music activates regions of the brain that are connected to memories and emotions. This region of the brain also happens to be one of the last areas impacted by Alzheimer's and other dementias. Use the CTC app to suggest music, and the care team will incorporate personalized playlists into the daily routine.