Local Businesses Donate Bluetooth Teddy Bears to Help Memory Care Seniors Stay Connected

By: Sherrie Handrinos
| Published 01/13/2021

Friendly Faces’ Ashleigh Grantham (3rd from right) and staff members at The Forum at The Woodlands share a bear with a memory care senior resident

HOUSTON, TX - Friendly Faces Senior Care and Cubby Love Bears are helping seniors with dementia and Alzheimer’s connect to their loved ones with the gift of special Bluetooth Teddy Bears!

Friendly Faces Senior Care, a local agency that provides professional caregivers and services for seniors, in collaboration with Cubby Love Bears, a Houston-based educational toy line, donated nearly 100 Bluetooth Speaker Bears to seniors in Houston Area memory care units over the last three weeks!

The special Cubby Love Bears have Bluetooth technology and speakers built right into their feet that allow seniors to hear their loved ones’ voices via phone or pre-recorded message, along with books, music, and audio from any internet source.

“The pandemic has made it so difficult for senior residents living in facilities to connect with their loved ones,” said Qiana James, Founder and CEO of Friendly Faces Senior Care. “These special bears not only help seniors struggling with dementia and memory loss connect with familiar voices and music, but they also provide the companionship of a huggable friend to help cope with feelings of loneliness and isolation.”

Currently, there are more than 400,000 Texans living with Alzheimer’s disease. Friendly Faces worked with healthcare partners around Houston, individual donors and local non-profit The Doll Foundation, to help them provide as many Bluetooth Speaker Bears as possible for area seniors in dementia and Alzheimer’s units over the holidays. Dr. Tameka Maiden, Founder of Cubby Love Bears, offered the adorable pink and grey bears, named “Tori’s Bluetooth Speaker Bear”, to donors at a special discounted price for the giveaways.

Friendly Faces Senior Care donated a total of 95 of the Cubby Love Speaker Bears to elderly residents in five Houston Area memory care units; Inspired Living in Sugar Land, The Forum at The Woodlands, The Village of River Oaks, Colonial Oaks of Pearland, and Addington Place of Clear Lake.

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