Clocks for Dementia Patients: Time Makes a Difference

We live, plan and organize our lives around time, constantly referring to clocks to determine where we have to be and when. But what if we were unable to sense or know the time or what day it was? Even everyday tasks would be difficult. Unfortunately, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and stroke patients gradually lose their sense of time. They can become unaware of whether it’s day or night and not know the date, day of the week, or even the season. This can result in confusion, frustration and anger that may lead to unruly behavior and loss of self confidence.   

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, “People with Alzheimer’s may have trouble understanding something if it is not happening immediately. Sometimes they may forget where they are or how they got there.” This is why many of these patients repeatedly ask what day it is or constantly check their watches. However, their old time pieces can become difficult to read, and many do not have the date and day of the week clearly displayed. One way to help your loved ones is to have a clock with day and date for the elderly nearby.

There are many different types of clocks for dementia patients, ranging from wall clocks to digital to voice controlled to illuminated. It all depends on the needs of the patient and caregiver. A special clock with day and date for the elderly, such as the Dementia Digital Calendar Day Clock, are geared towards seniors’ needs, offering much-needed reassurance with large digital displays that spells out the full day of the week, month and date in large, bold letters and without confusing abbreviations. Other clocks, such as Reminder Rosie, can even speak to patients and remind them to take their medications at certain points in the day. These specialized adaptations can help dementia patients keep their bearings when time-related confusion arises.

Clocks for dementia patients are ideal to help ease patients’ confusion and stress. In particular, a Digital Dementia Day Clock can give Alzheimer’s patients the ability to maintain control over an often frustrating area of their lives. Whether or not a patient has lost the ability to “tell time” in the traditional sense, this clock will help simplify life.

As patients become less able to differentiate between morning and afternoon, or separate one day from another, it’s important to adapt their surroundings with a clock with day and date for the elderly — one that is clear, dependable and easy to use. For more fabulous, functional timekeepers, please visit the

Author: Bruce Barnet

Bruce Barnet is a managing principal with Healthcare Products LLC

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