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    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 26th Nov 11, 10:35 AM
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    Dementia - need a clock and calendar
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    • 26th Nov 11, 10:35 AM
    Dementia - need a clock and calendar 26th Nov 11 at 10:35 AM
    A relative has dementia and has just lost the ability to read and understand a traditional clock face but can still understand a digital display of time such as 11:47 (but not 24hr like 23:47) - I know this is unusual as it is often the other way around.

    I have been searching for days for an easy to read clock / calendar and can't find anything in any of the independent living stores or online.

    Does anyone know of anywhere that I might buy one?

    Thanks.

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    • 26th Nov 11, 11:23 AM
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    • 26th Nov 11, 11:23 AM
    go in here http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/retail_product_browse.php?categoryID=11&productID= 229 look in their shop for many other useful items.good luck.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 26th Nov 11, 11:35 AM
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    After my parents got up a few times at, for example, twenty to four in the morning because they misread the clock as saying twenty past eight, I bought a clock very similar to this one - http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-9208.aspx - for them to have in the bedroom.

    I also have a whiteboard in their kitchen and, the night before, I write the following day and anything that's happening, like GP's appointments, family visiting, etc, so that they can look at it every morning and know what's happening.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 26th Nov 11, 2:20 PM
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    The Works sells a basic calendar with a red border and black letters/numbers. There are a few styles available, but I get my mum a larger style as she finds it clear to see and understand. It costs about 99p.
    • ladylouise62
    • By ladylouise62 26th Nov 11, 2:30 PM
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    • 26th Nov 11, 2:30 PM
    They may not mention it, but a lot of alarms have the option to choose 24 hr or 12 hr, so it may be worth checking.
    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 26th Nov 11, 3:09 PM
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    • 26th Nov 11, 3:09 PM
    go in here http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/retail_product_browse.php?categoryID=11&productID= 229 look in their shop for many other useful items.good luck.
    Originally posted by bluebird
    Thanks, I've already had a look on the site and that is a great idea for the future when time does not matter so much to her but at the moment she wants something a bit more specific.

    After my parents got up a few times at, for example, twenty to four in the morning because they misread the clock as saying twenty past eight, I bought a clock very similar to this one - http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-9208.aspx - for them to have in the bedroom.

    I also have a whiteboard in their kitchen and, the night before, I write the following day and anything that's happening, like GP's appointments, family visiting, etc, so that they can look at it every morning and know what's happening.
    Originally posted by Mojisola
    Thanks for the suggestions - unfortunately that sort of clock display has too much information in one place and confuses her. I've just found something in Maplins with just the time and nothing else and will have to get a seperate calendar for the day and date.

    The whiteboard is a good idea but I was hoping to find an automatic calendar so that it changes even if someone doesn't go in. Other than this issue and a bit of putting things down and then "losing" them, she is actually pretty good - she just cannot now understand clock faces which is a little bizarre.


    The Works sells a basic calendar with a red border and black letters/numbers. There are a few styles available, but I get my mum a larger style as she finds it clear to see and understand. It costs about 99p.
    Originally posted by kingfisherblue
    Thanks for this - I might get one to make notes for her but still think she needs an automatic one as well as she doesn't have someone in every day so would need to remember to change it herself on a few days and that might just confuse her.
    • kingfisherblue
    • By kingfisherblue 26th Nov 11, 9:06 PM
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    • 26th Nov 11, 9:06 PM
    Amazon £11.99, auotmatic calendar with small clock

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/bellasdirect-Flip-Alarm-Clock-Calendar/dp/B004OSNQ1Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1322341338&sr=8-3

    Or this one, but I can't see the price. The clock is a lot more visible though

    http://www.wharton.co.uk/analogue-clocks/analog-calendar-clocks.htm
    • cte1111
    • By cte1111 26th Nov 11, 9:16 PM
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    I've been looking for something similar for my Dad, as he gets confused about what day it is. I've narrowed it down to this one:
    http://www.johnlewis.com/154686/Product.aspx (might be too much information for your Mum though)

    This one has a standard clock face so no good in your case, but is recommended for dementia sufferers:
    http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/6239095/Trail/searchtext%3ECLOCK.htm

    Bear in mind that the cheaper calendar clocks need manually clicking over between the days, e.g. the date function is not automatic.
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    • withabix
    • By withabix 26th Nov 11, 9:23 PM
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    We bought this one for my mum for the same reasons:

    http://www.johnlewis.com/Shopping/Product.aspx?Type=SKU&Id=230418356

    Well worth it. No issues about what day or date it is, the time or if the flat is hot or cold!

    Wall mounted (also has a stand) and automatic time/day/date setting.
    Last edited by withabix; 27-11-2011 at 10:52 AM.
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    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 26th Nov 11, 11:00 PM
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    How about this one - www.rnib.org.uk/shop/pages/Enlargedimage.aspx?productID=CC6401&productimg=CC6 401

    Or this - www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/2550431/Trail/searchtext%3ECLOCKS.htm

    Or this - http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-9119.aspx?utm_source=GoogleShopping&utm_medium=GSF _NormalFeed&utm_campaign=GSF_TescoDirect&utm_conte nt=208-9119
    Last edited by Mojisola; 26-11-2011 at 11:18 PM.
    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 27th Nov 11, 12:02 AM
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    I've bought a couple of these clocks so that she can see the time - they are bolder in real life than in the picture and the big snooze button on the top is also used to light the display (so easy to use):

    http://www.maplin.co.uk/auric-alarm-clock-228345

    I'm still looking for a calendar - the cheaper "flip" ones seem to have mixed reviews with some reporting that they get stuck or flaps fall out.
    • Savvy_Sue
    • By Savvy_Sue 27th Nov 11, 12:05 AM
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    Thanks for the inspiration: I don't think the in-laws have any clocks which automatically reset when the clocks change, and it might help MIL keep FIL on track with what day of the week it is!
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    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 27th Nov 11, 1:35 PM
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    http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=Daffodil+AMC530O+Stylish+Highly+Legible+L CD+Digital+Alarm+Clock+with+Calendar+and+Thermomet er+-+White+with+Orange+Base&x=0&y=0
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    • By Savvy_Sue 27th Nov 11, 2:44 PM
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    If you look at 'what other customers bought' from that link, there are several others. I shall have to have a browse, as I still prefer the John Lewis model, but £30! and there are obviously a number of options out there!
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    • Tiddlywinks
    • By Tiddlywinks 27th Nov 11, 10:12 PM
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    My problem is that my relative cannot have too much information presented too close together - most bedside or digital desk clocks that also have the date in numbers actually make the display impossible for her to interpret.

    That's why I've now decided to stick with a simple time only display and then get a separate calendar - still looking for the right automatic calendar though.
  • mrdignity
    Dementia puzzles & activities
    I know this is on a bit of a tangent to the original question about clocks but I guessed that people reading this would be caring for or know someone with dementia (my mum has alzheimers).

    I found a very useful site last year and bought a dementia jigsaw (my mum used to love her jigsaws!). It's been really useful when people come round as it helps her to interact with them and provides some mental stimulation.

    The website is active-minds.co.uk (sorry, I can't post links as I'm a newbie!!)

    I hope this helps people, especially as they make great christmas presents!
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 3rd Dec 11, 8:13 PM
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    You're right, it's tricky, most digital clocks seem to include much more than just the time. This one would be ideal but it's £80 http://www.lazyboneuk.com/products/Big-Time-Digital-Wall-Clock.html

    Doing a Google image search for 'led wall clock' brings up a lot of examples, but the tricky thing then is finding where they are sold and how much they are. For example, this one, which looks good but is $90 on a US website.
    • CrazyRed
    • By CrazyRed 3rd Dec 11, 9:04 PM
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    Asda do an own-brand alarm clock with red LEDs that would be fit-for-purpose for the OP. IIRC it's under a tenner and available in any of the larger stores.
    • Mojisola
    • By Mojisola 9th Dec 11, 12:02 PM
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    Saw this - http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.208-9119.aspx - in Tesco today.
  • sunflower76
    Although I don't think this is appropriate just yet, it might be something to consider for the future.

    http://www.gro.co.uk/Gro-clock.html
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