Thrilled to be profiled by “This Dementia Life”, a vodcast made by members of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)

Thrilled to be profiled by “This Dementia Life”, a vodcast made by members of the Dementia Action Alliance (DAA)

“This Dementia Life” Vodcast, Ep #14

 

In this episode of ‘This Dementia Life’, Chuck McClatchey delves into the world of 3D Technology with his guest Mandy Salomon Co-founder and CEO of Mentia, Inc. Mandy talks about their ground-breaking care companion tool, Deva World, a 3D digital world filled with activities that support commonly expressed needs like a sense of belonging, a sense of independence, and the ability to express a life well-lived – all of which get depleted by Alzheimer’s and other related dementias.

We’d like to acknowledge the work of Chuck and producer, Mike Belleville. Both Chuck and Mike are living well with dementia. 

And don’t miss DAA’s upcoming national conference, June 20-22 2019 in Atlanta.
We’ll be there too!

 

Upcoming Webinar: ‘Tooling up’ for cognitive care

Upcoming Webinar: ‘Tooling up’ for cognitive care

Hear from one of Silicon Valley’s most dynamic innovators in dementia care !

Mandy Salomon PhD, is a domain specialist in digital engagement and brain health. She is the CEO of Mentia, and creator of Deva World, a tablet-based cognitive care program used by home and residential care communities in the US and Canada.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about:

  • Cognitive care as the missing piece in non-medical support
  • How digital tools are doing the heavy lifting by opening up communication pathways and building meaningful connections
  • How to overcome challenges in going digital
  • How supporters and staff can learn new person-centered care skills by being ‘tooled up’.

Following the presentation, there will be an opportunity for Q&A.
The session will be recorded for participants to share with their teams

Time : Tuesday, June 25, 2019 1:00pm – 2:00pm PDT

To participate, please fill in this form. The webinar link will be sent to you.

“It was a game changer for me to understand how powerful this tool is.”

“It was a game changer for me to understand how powerful this tool is.”

I had the opportunity to visit our customer, Northwood, located in Nova Scotia, the largest not-for-profit continuing care organization in Atlantic Canada. Northwood, which is ‘technology-forward’ is rolling Deva World out across its residential, day, and home care services.
I was welcomed by CEO Janet Simm (pictured) and Margaret Szabo, Director of Business Development. Margaret is a long time advocate of Deva World, but it was the first time she had seen it being used with her own Northwood residents.

I ran demonstration sessions with two residents, each with significant dementia. Both were captivated by Deva World, and invited me afterward to visit their room – their private space – whereupon each described to me the precious objects in their room in detail. Northwood caregivers learned about the origin of some objects in their room.

Our motto is: “we’ll help you, the caregiver, to go into your person’s world; and in their world, you will learn – and together you will have fun”.

It was fascinating to witness the Deva World effect seemingly extend into their actual lives

Margaret’s report is here:
I had the chance to observe as Mandy did a demo of DEVA World at Ivany place with two residents. I was actually floored to see what happened and I think it was a game changer for me to understand how powerful this tool is. It was absolutely amazing to watch the reactions of first one resident and then a second. The best way that I can describe what I saw was it was like Mandy manipulated the environment through DEVA world so that she could enable them to engage and make things happen again and they did (like those videos that you see for music and memory where they wake up!). The absolute joy on their faces and the tangible excitement when they realized what they could do was astounding (even if they went round and round the rooms, they did not seem to get bored even 45 minutes in). Also, they both repeatedly kept crying out and saying how beautiful it was, which really struck me in that the screen display wasn’t, so I wonder if it was more like they were able to see something they hadn’t seen before as parts of their brain awakened? I watched as both of these residents then independently asked Mandy to visit their rooms and remained very physically close to her following the play as the effect seemed to transcend the virtual world back into their real world. This was fascinating as the subsequent behaviors and capabilities that I witnessed were very atypical of these residents given what staff told us (typically very high anxiety, very low initiative, poor memory retention, decreased affect – staff were sure that one of the residents would not be able to play, for example, but then she did with only a bit of support of her hand from me). Staff were thrilled with the outcome and immediately began planning how they could use the tool to help get these residents out of bed in the morning and engaged, which has been quite a challenge apparently. They also thought families would love it and seemed to be very comfortable with using the tool.

Join Mandy at CAHBI’s Innovation Day, Toronto March 20th, 2019

Join Mandy at CAHBI’s Innovation Day, Toronto March 20th, 2019

Cabhi’s Innovation Day puts tech-enabled brain health technology firmly on the agenda, and Mentia’s CEO Mandy Salomon will be a speaker on the day, sharing her insights and research.

Brain health is important to us all, no matter our age and stage of life. For people with cognitive disabilities caused by diseases like Alzheimer’s, this is especially so. Social and physical isolation is can be compounded by internal isolation because it is hard to express to the world who we are, and we’re unsure about our place within it. Mandy will be introducing Mentia’s Deva World to Canadian delegates and explaining how our system acts as a cognitive scaffold, not only reducing stressors for those affected but deepening understandings, thereby reducing care challenges. 
Join Mandy on the 20th if you can.

Market landscape map of tech-enabled senior care products captures the energy and creativity driving this emerging sector.

Market landscape map of tech-enabled senior care products captures the energy and creativity driving this emerging sector.

Since we’ve been in the US, the number of tech-enabled products designed to better serve older populations has skyrocketed. It’s great when some much-needed shape to this fast-moving sector emerges.

Gerontologist, Keren Etckin, who writes the blog thegerontechnologist.com,recently published a comprehensive update – and it’s exciting to see the breadth of innovation across the eldercare ecosystem.

As you can see, Mentia is in Keren’s ‘cognitive’ category. Keren also draws a link between Deva World and voice-enabled devices.

By the way…

This is a great time to introduce you to our wonderful Deva-in-the-Field, Kathy Helgerson. Kathy is bringing Deva to residential communities in the La Crosse region of Wisconsin. Drop us a line if you would like Kathy to visit your community.

Mentia and Spiro100 expand, together, to bring greater value to their wellness programs

Mentia and Spiro100 expand, together, to bring greater value to their wellness programs

Two dynamic young companies in the senior-tech space, Mentia and Spiro100, announced their strategic partnership today. Mentia is the maker of the first dementia-friendly digital world, Deva World, and Spiro100 is the producer of the largest original library of senior wellness classes. Spiro100’s foothold in senior living communities and recent expansion to in-home use aligned perfectly with Mentia’s ability to embed wellbeing support therapies into its immersive interactive 3D platform and deliver it via touchscreen tablets to the point of care. The companies see themselves as amongst the first to spot an alignment in the expanding field of well-being technologies for seniors.

How will the integration happen? “We’ve built a story around Spiro’s beautiful modules”, Salomon says. “Deva World is all about context. Players find the television in the bedroom. The supporter gives cues to help clients reach their destination if needed. Once they turn on the TV, the screen expands, and they can do the class together, cheered on by Julie, the inworld companion.

The collaboration broadens each other’s market: for Mentia, adding the exercise and wellness modules to its virtual home means that care staffs have additional activities for their clients at the point of care. While Spiro100, whose programs are usually done in groups, gets to connect with cognitively isolated individuals at home, a group that is normally hard
to reach.

Mentia’s Co-founder and CEO, Mandy Salomon, commented, “Streaming high-quality wellbeing programs like Spiro’s is an exciting step for us as we’ve always seen Deva World as a place for scaling expertise. Our vision is to bring a broad range of curated person-centered activities onto the Deva platform for caregivers’ easy and affordable access. The cognitive scaffolding of our virtual world means clients spend more time with the content, which is meaningful for families and providers. Also, we capture a global view of digital activities undertaken in the home, where as standalone apps create data silos.”

For Spiro’s Co-founder Alex Rochestie, the draw card was Deva’s game-like setting and having a new distribution channel for its programs. “Our mission is to change cultural beliefs around aging by offering wellness programming to seniors that allows them to live a longer and healthier life. Beyond the technology, which we consider first class, the Deva World platform is opening avenues to seniors living with dementia in profound ways. As a premium content producer in the active aging space we know creating content and offering our videos to older adults can have an impact on people’s lives. Things get exponentially more exciting when we can put our content in the hands of care professionals working in the real world. The partnership was a no-brainer for us, and we are thrilled to explore a brave new Deva World of opportunities with Mentia going forward.”

Longevity health tech advisor, Tom Bang, CEO of The Bang Group, credited for introducing the pair, sees the partnership as a positive indicator that the senior-tech market sees value in collaborating. “This kind of collaboration accelerates adoption of their solutions and in turn the longevity market, benefitting all participants, including the seniors who need it most”, says Bang. “It’s a delight to be involved with these vibrant innovative companies.”

The new Deva World release, with Spiro100’s exercise modules embedded, is scheduled for mid-March.

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