Residents of United Church of Christ’s Cedar Community Use Technology to Improve Quality of LIfe

Visiting another country. Taking a bike ride in the country. Conducting an orchestra. For residents of the United Church of Christ’s Cedar Community in West Bend, Wis., these activities are just a mouse click away.

Thanks to “It’s Never 2 Late” (iN2L), a nationally-recognized, picture-based, touchscreen software system, residents can participate in a variety of activities. Included are jigsaw puzzles, activities to stimulate hand-eye coordination, cognitive games, and music programs for people requiring skilled care, memory care, or physical or occupational therapy.

“The music portion of the programming has a very calming effect on residents who may be agitated at times,” says Lisa Kelling, director of life enrichments/music therapist. “Behind the therapeutic music [selections] are videos.”

But it’s not all work and no play. iN2L also enables residents, many with no prior computer experience, to use email and web cam software like Skype to stay connected with family and friends.

The iN2L content library is updated often, so residents can always find something new to participate in. One recent addition allows participants to “visit” different countries, and view live web cams of zoos and other locations. The “visits” often spark memories so that the residents can reminisce and share stories from their past.

Additionally, there are exercise programs similar to spin cycle software, where participate can simulate riding a bike course through another country. For music aficionados, a symphony orchestra component allows residents to wave their arms while pretending they’re conducting.

“It’s a great way for them to see the world from the comfort of their Cedar Community home,” Kelling says.

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