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There’s a Subscription for That: Subscription for People with Dementia

Tabitha Britt
ByTabitha BrittOct 28, 2021 | 0 comments

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There's a Subscription For That is a series spotlighting subscriptions the team at My Subscription Addiction finds interesting and is excited to share with readers. 

Earlier this month, Marie-Pier Vaudry, the founder of Melba Publishing, a publishing company that specializes in creating activities and content for seniors and people with memory disorders, launched Gleam in Your Eye — the first-ever subscription box service tailored for those living with Alzheimer's and other types of dementia.

Vaudry created Gleam in Your Eye after her mother developed advanced Alzheimer's. Vaudry's mother was diagnosed in 2011. “Three years after her diagnosis, my mom started to get very frustrated that she could not do her normal pastimes, such as crossword puzzles or reading a book,” Vaudry told La Jolla Light. “She was depressed, and I was sad to see my mom like that. She would watch TV all day because she couldn’t do anything else, but she never watched much TV before.”

The Gleam in Your Eye Box includes five unique, doctor-approved games that help encourage long-term memory and brain concentration through sensory stimulation, logic, language, light physical activity, and art. Each game is designed for people with moderate-stage dementia and can be played with a partner or alone.

The Gleam in Your Eye Welcome Box focuses on awakening "senses and memories by taking a trip around the USA" and includes the following activities:

  • Pack your suitcase: Pack your suitcase is an activity in which the player is asked to list or talk about the items he or she would like to put in their suitcase should they go on a cross-country trip. The game includes dice and photos to help them identify and define each item.
  • Choose your means of transportation: Once their suitcase is figuratively packed, they'll be asked to choose how they're going to get to their final destination. This activity includes different wooden shapes so the user can create a boat, car, or plane.
  • Visit beautiful places: This activity is designed to help the player remember. During this game, they'll be asked to talk about the places they've been and where they want to go. It includes a map and stickers.
  • Have fun by the beach: To encourage movement, this activity asks the player to toss around a beach ball.
  • Share your vacation memories: The final game in the Gleam in Your Eye Welcome Box is meant to help the player embrace their creative side by creating customized postcards and choosing who to send them to.

The Details

  • The Gleam in Your Eye Box is designed to help people with Alzheimer's or other related memory disorders improve long-term memory skills. 
  • Each box contains five different games or activities.
  • Subscribers can choose between a six-month subscription for $37 per month, a three-month subscription for $40 per month, or a one-month subscription for $43.
  • Each month the Gleam in Your Eye Box is delivered to your loved one's door.

What do you think? Would you sign up for a subscription? Let us know in the comments.

Tabitha Britt
Tabitha Britt
Tabitha Britt is a New York-based editor and journalist. You can find her byline in a variety of publications, including Insider, Huffington Post UK, and O.School. In addition to writing for My Subscription Addiction, Tabitha is the founding editor-in-chief of DO YOU ENDO, a digital magazine for individuals with endometriosis by individuals with endometriosis.

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