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KalendarKards is an innovative memory support system designed to assist those with memory challenges by introducing a simple-to-follow series of individual visual cues. The system is based on a 197-card deck of regulation (but highly customized) playing cards, with that medium for its familiar tactile feel, and for ease of handling.
Inspiration came from a co-founder’s family member who was having trouble remembering daily tasks. Through numerous revisions, based on feedback received, KalendarKards has evolved into a simple, helpful system.
- Yellow: Time and Day
- Blue: Health
- Red: Important
- Orange: Chores
- Green: Appointments
- Red: Important
To allow further customization of an individual’s own experience, a generous supply of blank cards and a permanent marker are provided. In addition, there is a silicone wrist band that says “Check Your KalendarKards” as a subtle, but persistent reminder to be worn by the user. The system retails for $79.95 through the KalendarKards online store, with all shipping and handling handling charges included.
Intended to work in conjunction with a caregiver, seven daily decks are built based on the user’s (fondly called the “Karder’s”) routine day. When the decks are placed in the holder (called the Stadium) they display the entire week at a glance – but with only the next task/event details visible.
The Karder simply takes the next card, acts on it, and moves it to the slot on the right – the “discard” slot. Cards are moved one at a time throughout the day, and throughout the week, addressing the need for memory-challenged individuals to have only one area of focus at a time.
At the end of the week, the caregiver resets the decks, makes any adjustments for the coming week, and allows the Karder to again “play their day.” This provides a proactive structure for the caregiver to assist the Karder, rather than trying to react to a day where it’s not clear what comes next.
Getting Started Guide
While KalendarKards is designed to be easy to use, it does require a small amount of setup. Our intention is to make the setup process as easy as possible for the caregiver and as simple as possible for the Karder.
The Getting Started Guide is the first document visible when the box is opened. On the front of the page, a simple three-step process is shown. On the reverse is a diagram of the loaded stadium, shown above.
Shown here is the box when first opened. You can view the Getting Started Guide (PDF) here.
Building daily decks while having a conversation with the Karder about their schedule can be a bit of a “moving target” conversation. Cards are often reshuffled as the caregiver responds to a changing recollection of appointments, tasks, and events. This constant card updating can be a distraction to the Karder, exacerbating the situation.
The Activity Journal allows the caregiver to have a pleasant conversation with the Karder and simply make notes about their week. Medications, activities, chores, appointments – all are discussed and those recurring more than once during the week can be easily noted.
Once they have everything in order, the caregiver privately (and easily) builds the decks from the Journal. This makes it less confusing for the Karder and the caregiver. Once the decks are built, introducing the details about how to use the system becomes much easier.
A brochure is included in each system since we believe people will benefit from its use and will want to tell others. You can view the brochure file (PDF) here.
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KalendarKards™ Memory Support System