Benevilla was recently awarded a $17,000 grant from Thunderbirds Charities to adopt a new technology software program called Memory Lane Games, to further improve the quality of life of their Life Enrichment Day program members. A personalized “reminiscence” platform, it enhances cognitive stimulation and provides an entertaining and therapeutic experience to individuals living with dementia. This new software improves family connections, creating engagements which are meaningful and joyful for everyone and provides personalized family reporting. Caregivers like the system as it calms and distracts agitated individuals so therapeutic or medical care can be provided.
“They love the questions, photos and ease of use. The layout and text are colorful yet simple. Each quiz is short and has no time limits which is perfect for them” stated the caregiver of a loved one with dementia.
The generous grant from Thunderbirds Charities will provide application access for 40 program members across the 3 Benevilla Life Enrichment programs. Specifically, the grant support will pay for monthly memberships, the purchase of iPads for the programs, and the application training for staff and family members.
A simple, yet sophisticated user interface, the application can be used on a dedicated iPad to upload personal photos or be customized with a specific topic or location with corresponding information (e.g., 1950s, music of the 60s, a specific hometown, TV shows or movies). In addition, the application can be used by our members at one of the program locations and at home as well on their personal devices.
This grant is part of the Spring 2023 cycle. View a list of all Recent Grantees.