A systematic review of dementia focused assistive technology

Evans, Joanna and Brown, Michael and Coughlan, Tim and Lawson, Glyn and Craven, Michael P. (2015) A systematic review of dementia focused assistive technology. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 9170 . pp. 406-417. ISSN 0302-9743

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This paper presents a systematic review which explores the nature of assistive technologies currently being designed, developed and evaluated for dementia sufferers and their carers. A search through four large databases, followed by filtering by relevance, led to the identification and subsequent review of papers. Our review revealed that the majority of research in this area focuses on the support of day-to-day living activities, safety monitoring, memory aids and preventing social isolation. We conclude that the majority of AT currently available support day-to-day living activities, safety monitoring and assisting healthcare. However these devices merely address the ‘ease of living’ rather than focusing on ‘quality of life’. Although there are some devices which address social symptoms of Dementia, few address behavioural issues such as aggression and virtually none are available to support recreational activities. After discussing the implications of these findings, we finally reflect on general design issues for assistive technologies in this domain that became apparent during the review.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20916-6_38 Chapter in: Human-computer interaction: interaction technologies: 17th International Conference, HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part II ISBN 978-3-319-20915-9
Keywords: Human centered design, User centered design, Adaptive and personalized interfaces, Interaction design, New technology and its usefulness, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Assistive technology
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Engineering > Department of Mechanical, Materials and Manufacturing Engineering
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-20916-6_38
Depositing User: Eprints, Support
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2016 15:02
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 14:49
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31749

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