Designing technology to improve quality of life for people with dementia: user-led approaches

Roger Orpwood, James Chadd, D. Howcroft, A. Sixsmith, J. Torrington, G. Gibson, G. Chalfont

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    Abstract

    This paper addresses the design of assistive technology that specifically aims to support an improvement in the quality of life of people with dementia. Starting from interviews with users, a grounded theory approach was used to compile a wish list of issues important for maintaining quality of life. A large list of potential technologies that could address these issues was generated, and four were selected for initial development: a music player, a device to reduce social isolation, a conversation prompter, and a device to support sequences of tasks. The music player and social isolation device are described in this paper in detail. A user-led approach to their design was followed, including approaches to finding control interfaces that were intuitive for people with dementia. The paper concludes with a list of recommendations for designers looking to develop equipment of this kind.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-259
    JournalUniversal Access in the Information Society
    Volume9
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010

    Keywords

    • user-led design
    • dementia
    • quality of life
    • music playing
    • intuitive control interfaces

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