An interactive entertainment system usable by elderly people with dementia

Norman Alm*, Arlene Astell, Gary Gowans, Richard Dye, Maggie Ellis, Phillip Vaughan, Alan F. Newell

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Abstract

As the population profile in most part of the world is more and more weighted towards older people, the incidence of dementia will continue to increase. Dementia is marked by a general cognitive decline, and in particular the impairment of working (short-term) memory. Finding ways to engage people with dementia in stimulating but safe activities which they can do without the help of a carer would be beneficial both to them and to their caregivers. We are developing an interactive entertainment system designed to be used alone by a person with dementia without caregiver assistance. We have piloted a number of interactive virtual environments and activities both with people with dementia and professionals in the field of dementia care. We report the results of this pilot work and consider the further questions to be addressed in developing an engaging, multimedia activity for people with dementia to use independently.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUniversal Access in Human-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationAmbient Interaction - 4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007. Held as Part of HCI Int. 2007 Proc.
EditorsC Stephanidis
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages617-623
Number of pages7
EditionPART 2
ISBN (Print)9783540732808
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007 - Beijing, China
Duration: 22 Jul 200727 Jul 2007

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
Volume4555
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction, UAHCI 2007
Country/TerritoryChina
CityBeijing
Period22/07/0727/07/07

Keywords

  • Assistive technology
  • Cognitive prostheses
  • Dementia
  • Multimedia
  • Touchscreens

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