What I liked
Alexa is so easy to talk to and she understood me really well, which I was surprised about. I loved how I could set a reminder to wake me up at 4pm as I was falling asleep in the afternoon and missing the beginning of my programme starting. Then when I woke up later on in the evening I was confused and disorientated and not not sleeping so well in the evening.
I can call my son down south and speak to him so much easier now - the phone was becoming difficult for me to hear and use and I stopped calling him as it was all too much. I needed my daughter there to video call him on her phone but now I can do it myself.
I love music and the radio and once my family made up some playlists for me, I can ask Alexa to play me anything that I like. She is a lovely voice to have in the home, sometimes I just chat to her!
What I disliked
Learning to say the wake word Alexa can be difficult for some, but with the right encouragement and time most of our testers grasped how to interact with the device and found it very easy to use.
What is interesting
People living with dementia have embraced the Amazon Echo and it has become a very popular choice to supporting people to stay independent with day to day tasks, keeping connected and having something fun but useful to interact with.
People living with dementia CAN learn new things!
What I thought about it overall
"I can add food to the shopping list and my daughter gets it so she doesn't have to come round and check what I need. It gives us more time in her day to just sit and have a cuppa instead."
"I love chatting with Alexa, she holds quite a good conversation don't you know!"
"My favourite thing is that I now have one up on my grandson, who hasn't even set his up yet!.