Even the most dedicated care partners rely on TV at times to occupy the person living with dementia. But standard programming created for healthy brains can trigger distress for a person who is no longer able to track a plot, tell fiction from reality, or track rapidly moving images and sounds. Zinnia’s content channels feature familiar faces, subjects, and sounds to help people feel engaged and connected.
Allyson Schrier is the winner of the 2020 Visionary Caregiver Award!
Congratulations to Zinnia TV’s CEO for this incredible honor from caregiving.com. The award “recognizes an individual that has developed and implemented an innovative way to support family caregivers or former family caregivers.” Allyson has won for creating Zinnia TV.
“This was a perfect example of what the Visionary Caregiver Award is intended to highlight, someone driven by passion to create or improve the caregiving experience for others. Congratulations, Allyson, we truly appreciate everything you’ve done. We’re excited to see Zinnia TV grow and develop…” - Mike Eidsaune
Established in 1996, caregiving.com is a free resource for care information, companionship, and comfort that allows unconditional access to the support, information, and tools needed to address everyday caregiving challenges.
Read more here and watch the presentation below.
Congratulations to our CEO, Allyson Schrier, for winning a 2020 Maude's Award for Innovation in Alzheimer’s Care. Read more >
Our simple-to-use video experiences not only increase the viewer's connection with care partners, but also reinforce identity and engagement when viewed alone.
Care professionals provide supportive, comforting greetings and encourage positive activities. Selected videos have these "care messages" integrated throughout.
Zinnia helps people stay connected to who they are, who they were, and who they love. Our beautiful, immersive videos on familiar and well-loved topics are crafted to be meaningful.
“Zinnia caters to something that many care providers haven't thought about: what people with mid-stage or late-stage dementia watch on TV. It will become a key part of care. From seeing my clients react to the programming during the trials, I can say that for sure it has a positive impact on people with dementia and is something that many care providers will use.”
Family Resource Home Care's Platinum Caregiver of the Year
“The Zinnia project is a wonderful concept that has brought more joy to my aunt in an innovative way. We used to turn on classic TV shows and movies that my aunt used to love, thinking she would enjoy them, but as her dementia progressed she would get up and wander in the middle of a show. Zinnia’s short, personalized videos reach her, as she is able to follow the content.”
Family Care Partner, Seattle
Allyson Schrier’s husband Evan was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia at age 47. Thrust into the role of full-time care partner, Allyson quickly discovered how challenging it is to help a loved one with degenerative brain disease retain a sense of connection, security, and engagement.
Far too soon, Evan’s needs exceeded Allyson’s ability to care for him at home. He lived in several communities where a common thread was a reliance on TV as a primary occupation. Allyson’s observations matched the results of published research—TV programming designed for people with healthy brains is a poor source of engagement for people who are losing skills through dementia.
Allyson longed to provide Evan with media experiences designed to support and uplift people with cognitive decline. With Zinnia, Allyson and her team are building that content platform in Evan's honour.
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