Alzheimer's Association Companions

Technology Creates Meaningful Experiences for Those Living with Dementia

NEWS // June 5, 2020

Author: Annie Greenberg, Marketing & Communications Director, Alzheimer’s San Diego

Meet Doug McGraw. He is one of the 84,000+ San Diegans living with dementia.

His wife, Carolyn, is his primary care partner. It’s a title she holds proudly – but it can be overwhelming at times. Carolyn reached out to Alzheimer's San Diego about getting an ALZ Companion volunteer to spend time with Doug, so she can have a few hours to herself to recharge.

When we moved our services online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we knew we had to find a way to continue serving people like the McGraws. So we created a virtual visit program!

As Carolyn writes:

“Doug had a lovely visit with (volunteer) Emilya this afternoon. He has not facetimed much, but he caught right on and was not intimidated by the technology."

"It was so wonderful to see Doug fully engaged with someone outside of the family.  I think this will make all the difference in the world. I cannot thank you enough!”

It has been gratifying to figure out ways to use technology to create meaningful experiences and bonds for those living with dementia and their care partners. If you're interested in being matched with a virtual ALZ Companion, please call Alzheimer's San Diego at 858.492.4400.