Inspired by a life transformed by love and loss.
“My husband was diagnosed with dementia in his mid- 40s. He lived at home until his care needs exceeded my abilities. On visits with him, it was a challenge to witness how frequently the television was used as a babysitter. On the screen would be whatever channel the tv was set to. I would see people sleeping, getting agitated, or looking around. And I started wondering whether there was television programming specifically intended for people like my husband; people who could no longer track a plot, who had a hard time telling fiction from reality, who were challenged to process rapidly moving dialogue or images.”
Co-Founder, Zinnia TV
Zinnia helps people stay connected to who they are, who they were, and what they love. Familiar topics, interests, locations, and even sound effects enhance meaning, engagement, and connection.
These videos integrate supportive, comforting greetings from care professionals. Simulated Presence Therapy is an effective tool for soothing agitation and providing support when family members are not able to visit.
Our videos are crafted to be beautiful, easy to see and easy to process, drawing people in with a subtle internal 'story' logic that often moves through time and place without the burden of plot.
Caregivers report that our videos can increase their connection with the people they support by providing insight into their interests and hobbies, as well as inspiring discussion, play and laughter.
“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
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