AARP bulletin reaches 37 million readers. We are so proud to see that in their recent March edition they covered the MedMinder Automatic Pill Dispenser, at the first product to help seniors stay independent at home.:
Some of the text about MedMinder under the section about pill dispensers and medicine reminders:
Who uses it: Laura Reeves’ father-in-law, who has Alzheimer’s disease, takes 18 pills a day. He had been skipping some doses or popping too many. “We didn’t want to take his independence away but had to protect him,” says Reeves, who moved with her husband from Portland, Ore., to Green Forest, Ark., to be near his parents. Skipping doses or taking too many pills, at the wrong time or not at all, has serious consequences. Many older people need multiple medications multiple times a day; a memory issue compounds the task.
What it is: A digital pill dispenser that looks like a regular seven-day model. One type is locked until it’s time for medication; the other is unlocked.
How it works: A caregiver fills the medicine tray that goes into the device. The adult child logs onto the Web, remotely programs the schedule and can see if the user has complied. The dispenser flashes (if locked, it unlocks) when it’s pill time, then beeps if the medicine’s not taken. Still no luck? A prerecorded voice from, say, a grandchild, reminds Grandma to take them. If she doesn’t, she gets a call, and a family member receives an email, text or call. The system helped Reeves’ father-in-law take his medications on time, and his health improved dramatically.