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Clocks & Watches FAQs

  • Dementia clocks are specially designed to be easier to read for people living with the condition. They often have large, clear faces and display the information with simple, bold numbers and letters. They may also include reminders and talking functionality. People living with dementia may have difficulty reading traditional clocks and can struggle to know whether it is day or night. Dementia clocks are designed to help with these issues.
  • One way to test if someone is experiencing symptoms of dementia is to ask them to draw an analogue clock face, or to draw hands showing a certain time on a blank clock face. The different errors people make with this task can give a picture of how someone’s cognition is functioning, and as such can be an indicator that they may have a form of dementia.
  • Struggling to tell the time is a common symptom experience by people living with dementia. This can mean trouble reading a traditional clock face, forgetting what time it is and not being able to tell the difference between day and night. Clocks that are easier to read, or clocks that say the time out loud, are often very helpful for people experiencing these symptoms.
  • Losing track of time is a very common symptom experienced by people living with dementia, but it is by no means a basis for a diagnosis. If you have been having trouble with keeping track of time regularly, and have found yourself experiencing moments of disorientation, you might want to speak with a medical professional about it.
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