COGKNOW: Development of an ICT device to support people with dementia

Franka J. Meiland, Annika Reinersmann, Birgitta Bergvall-Kareborn, David Craig, Ferial Moelaert, Maurice Mulvenna, Chris Nugent, Anthony Scully, Johan Bengtsson, Rose Marie Dröes

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Objective: To develop a successful user-validated cognitive prosthetic device with associated services to help persons with mild dementia. Setting: The ICT solution will be developed by a consortium of eleven institutes in eight countries in Europe. It will be tested and evaluated by users (persons with dementia and their carers) in 3 European cities - Amsterdam, Belfast and Luleå. Methods: To identify and analyse the needs of persons with dementia, workshops and interviews were conducted with Alzheimer patients suffering from mild dementia, and their carers in three European cities. A literature search was also performed to identify existing proven effective ICT solutions for persons with dementia. Results: The most important needs and the most preferred ICT solutions identified by participants were (i) Activity reminders e.g. for eating meals; (ii) Item locators; (iii) Picture dialling to keep in contact with family and friends; (iv) Support for pleasure activities; (v) Enhancement of feelings of safety. Conclusion: Based on the needs identified, a prototype solution will be built, tested and modified as an iterative process. The device will ultimately be evaluated to see if it can enhance feelings of autonomy and quality of life of persons with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)324-334
Number of pages11
JournalJournal on Information Technology in Healthcare
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2007

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