iPads as Mental Comfort for Memory Care—See How Normandie Ridge Retirement Community is Using iPads to Empower Staff and Engage Families

Start time
10:00 AM Pacific
End time
11:00 AM Pacific


Presented by ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST)

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Includes complimentary CEUs for ASA members

This web seminar will demonstrate how to leverage personal technology in new ways for those living with memory loss, and their caregivers. By using apps for reminiscing, music, images and games, people with dementia can pack mental comfort for the memory loss journey. Gerontologist Debby Dodds will explain the importance of person-centered, non-pharmacological care for people with dementia. Partner Michael Potteiger will demonstrate examples of apps that can be used to facilitate meaningful engagement, and discuss his experience using this approach at the Normandie Ridge retirement community in Pennsylvania.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Identify three benefits of person-centered care for people with Alzheimer’s and related dementias;
  • Reference two studies that demonstrate the efficacy of tablet-based therapy for people with dementia; and,
  • List four categories of tablet-based apps that can be used to engage people with dementia.


Debby Dodds is a gerontologist who believes engaging with personal technology is beneficial to those living with memory loss, and their caregivers. Her goal is to support aging-in-community with personal technology and novel partnerships, resulting in improved person- and family-centered care.

Michael Potteiger is the co-founder of Generation Connect—a company that helps older adults connect to loved ones and relevant information through mobile technology. He partners with organizations to provide training and support for programs that enrich the lives of older adults.