Help For People with Cognitive Difficulties
1. Difficulty Retaining Information

I need to:

  • “Save” important information while it is in my mind so I can easily “recover” it later.

Possible Smart Home Solution

Google Mini/Home and Google assistant app.
Say Hey google:
“remember that I put the car keys in kitchen drawer”

“remind me at 9am tomorrow that I have the physio coming at 10am”

2. Difficulty Learning New Information

Give me:

  • an easy way to get instructions and information that is consistent and repeatable

Possible Smart Home Solution

Google Mini/Home and Google assistant app.
Hey google:

“what does ‘tantamount’ mean and how would I use it in a sentence?’

“help me recite the 9 times table”

3. Attention deficit problems

Give me:

  • something that will remind me to stay on task.

  • Ask me regularly whether I’ve done what I wanted to do.

Possible Smart Home Solution

Google Mini/Home and Google assistant app.
Hey google:

“remind me every hour to get up and stretch”

“tell me it’s time to start getting dressed at 10am then ask me at 10.30 whether I’m dressed yet”

4. Planning and reasoning/ Problem solving
  • Help me organise my day so I get where I need to be on time.

  • Give me access to simple step by step instructions for common tasks.

Hey google:

“how long will it take me to get to the podiatrist tomorrow and what time will I have to leave”

“remind me an hour before I have to leave”

“how do I iron a shirt?”

“which bus should I catch to get me to the movie on time tonight?

5. Anxiety/ Compulsive behaviour
  • Let me check my app to make sure the door is locked.

  • Alert me if there is motion outside the house and let me see the video wherever I am.

  • Tell me my routine for calming myself when the anxiety starts to build up.

Google + smart lock with app

“Hey google is the front door locked?”

“Hey Google, lock the front door”

Google + smart camera

Google: “hey Jim, there seems to be something going on out the front, would you like to see the video feed?”

Google + Spotify

“Hey Google, play ASMR playlist”

“Hey Google give me calming affirmations”