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Clocks for Alzheimer’s Sufferers or the Elderly

July 15, 2020 / Analogue clocks / by admin_hertz

An increasing problem in our society is that as we live longer, we are more likely to suffer from memory problems, dementia, or even Alzheimer's. This can have an effect on many aspects of our daily lives, but one of the most worrying for carers and family members is the confusion around what day it is.

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Is today the day I am supposed to go to bowls? Am I supposed to be taking my medication? When is the cleaner coming?

A calendar clock is a relatively inexpensive way to address this problem. Calendar clocks display not only the time, but also the day of the week, the date, and the month.

BQ38 Calendar Flip Clock

BQ38 Calendar Flip Clock

Many of the “cheap” calendar clocks on the market are not automatic, and you have to press a button every day to flip it over to the next day. If a person is unsure what day it is, they are unlikely to remember to press a button every day. If a calendar clock is showing the WRONG day, this is possibly even worse than not displaying anything at all.

For this reason, we only sell fully automatic calendar clocks.

These calendar clocks know how many days are in each month (30 or 31, or 28 for February) and will even handle leap years (adding an extra day to February every fourth year).

Battery Operated Calendar Flip Clocks

The clock above (the BQ38) and its big brother (the BQ12) are both battery operated flip calendar clocks. The batteries last for about a year. The BQ38 uses a C cell and the BQ12 uses a AA cell. Both types of battery are cheap and easy to find. If you have Daylight Saving where you live, all you need to do is wind the clock forward or backward twice a year. Everything else is fully automatic.

Mains Powered Digital Led Calendar Clocks

If you are after an illuminated clock, we sell several styles of mains powered LED calendar clocks. These come with wall mounting brackets and plug into a standard power point. Because they are illuminated, they are ideal for situations where they need to be read at night, eg. in a bedroom.

BQ38 Calendar Flip Clock

LED Calendar Clock

An added benefit of these clocks is that you never have to replace a battery, and Daylight-Saving adjustments are fully automatic. Although they are more expensive than the battery-operated calendar flip clocks, a digital LED calendar clock is a very attractive addition to any room, with its sleek, black aluminium case and crisp, premium LED display.

The clock above has 50mm high digits and measures 300 x 300mm (one-foot square in the old language). It can be read from a distance of 25m away so it’s ideal for large rooms, or for people with poor eyesight. It’s available with a choice of red, green or yellow LEDs. You can see our range by visiting the Calendar Clock section of our website.
The clocks have an ambient light sensor built into the front panel, so they will detect the brightness of the room and adjust the brightness of the display accordingly (through 7 levels). This means that at night, when the room is dark, the LEDs will dim down, and during the day, they will brighten up again.

Conclusion

If you have an elderly parent, one of the most thoughtful gifts you can give them is a calendar clock with day and date. Please see our Calendar Clock page for the full range, and as always, we will be happy to help you choose if you wish to contact us.

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Hertz Electronics was established in Australia in April 1980 with the aim of providing technical timing solutions for optimum performance. Our focus is on long term value and reliability, and Hertz Electronics therefore offers products and systems of the highest quality rather than the lowest price.

Most of our equipment is sourced from Europe (UK, Germany, Switzerland), and is based on the German DIN Standards (Deutsche Industrie Norm). We leave the “dive to the bottom” to other companies, and avoid products manufactured in China. When it comes to clocks, you get what you pay for, and our customers return to us time after time because they know they are getting the best quality at a competitive price.

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