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

Gary Gowans, Richard Dye, Norman Alm, Phillip Vaughan, Arlene Astell, Maggie Ellis

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    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, non-pharmacological intervention and promote improved quality of life in dementia care environments.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)12-23
    Number of pages12
    JournalDesign Journal
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • Dementia
    • Computer software
    • User interfaces
    • Interaction design


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