My Mothers Dementia
Hello, my name is Kim C. Halliday and I am the creator and designer of the Flip Flash Cards app.
My mother’s fading memory was part of the inspiration to create this app. Her memory was failing due to her lack of mental stimulation due to her isolated living environment and extended periods of being alone.
Growing up, my father would work away from home for long periods of time. As the first-born male in my family, he regularly reminded me that it was my responsibility to look after and protect my mother and brother and sisters.
As age took its toll, my father’s health deteriorated, and without a word, only the touch of his hand and the look in his eyes told me what I must do. I told my father he could move on, as I would look after his beloved wife of 56 years.
Not long after, my father passed away, knowing mum was in good hands.
My older sister and I decided to move my Mother closer to us knowing she was now alone and that family was all that was left and that our presence and memories would give my Mother some quality of life.
Just like my father, I also work away from home for long periods of time. This obviously restricts me from seeing my Mother as often as I would like. Over time, I had noticed a decline in my Mother’s memory. Upon returning from being away for a period of 3 months, I was horrified, that at first my Mother did not know who I was. This tore a hole in my heart and I cried the whole trip home.
As a result, I was inspired to enhance the Flip Flash Cards app. Family members can create personalised card packs that will stimulate their love ones’ memories and recall, improving their quality of life.
The first time I watched my mother being shown how to use this app, it was so exciting just seeing the enthusiasm, joy and love that the app bought to my Mother eyes. I felt a great sense of pride; to her I was her hero.
My Mother is now able to view all of our family members and video’s of family outings and events such as birthdays, parties and fun times we have as a family.
The app greatly improved her ability to recall and identify people and places, as well perform simple tasks within the comfort of her own home.
The app now gives my mother the ability to share and show her friends the things she treasures and loves.
I regularly send updated card packs to my Mother with pictures, images and videos of events. This brings a big loving smile to Mum’s face.
The memories shared through the Flip Flash Cards app will bring your love ones’ the greatest enjoyment.
Download the app today at the Apple app store or Google Play, or check out our website at www.flipflashcards.com. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In.
Examples of card packs that can be created :-
Individual family card pack covering names and details of family members;
Family history card packs e.g. Events during their life;
Memory adds. e.g. Animals, flowers, places and friends that remind them of times past;
Instructions on how to perform simple tasks, e.g. cooking, reset clocks and TV’s and modern devices;
Hobbies and craft; and
Create music card packs with their favourite artists using YouTube links.