The idea for SilverLark came about 3 years ago when my mother fell and broke her hip. It was then that her decline into dementia started to accelerate. In the convalescent care facility after her surgery, a therapist had her do memory games like sorting cards or plastic shapes or the toddler game where you guide beads along a wire. My mother hated everything the therapist tried, maybe in part from frustration but most definitely because of the childish nature of some of the games. She found it insulting to be treated like a “baby”.
With SilverLark we created a memory activity with an interface that was distinctively not childish, no cartoon characters or childish fonts and colors. We made games that are simple enough to be played by people coping with more advanced stages (you can set the match game to as few as 4 cards), but sophisticated enough to be enjoyed by adults. Studies show that the style of communication with dementia patients and how they feel about themselves influences how well they respond to caregivers. In our experience using an iPad can increase a patient’s self-esteem and give a sense of accomplishment and those moments of good feelings can shape the rest of your loved one’s day.
By easily customizing the activities with your own photos of family, caregivers, memories or even everyday objects, you can have an activity to share with your loved one or patient that is always fresh and interesting and not “for babies” as my mother used to say.
SilverLark for iPad is available in the App Store.