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Designing the interface between dementia patients, caregivers and computer-based intervention

Designing the interface between dementia patients, caregivers and computer-based intervention

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Authors

  • Gary Gowans
  • Rcihard Dye
  • Norman Alm
  • Phillip Vaughan
  • A. Astell
  • M. Ellis

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Original languageEnglish
Pages12-23
Number of pages12
JournalDesign Journal
Journal publication dateMar 2007
Journal number1
Volume10
StatePublished

Abstract

People with Alzheimer's Disease (AD) experience progressive degeneration of cognitive skills and the cumulative loss of short-term memory function. This severely impairs their ability to communicate with relatives and caregivers. The 'dehumanizing' effect that is engendered by the loss of communication skills, and the subsequent psychological and emotional distress experienced by people with AD and their caregivers are perhaps the most significant and detrimental psycho-social characteristics of AD. This paper demonstrates how our multidisciplinary, user-centred approach to design for computer-based assistive tools for people with AD can support progressive, nonpharmacological intervention and promote improved quality of life in dementia care environments.

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