Orpwood R, Chadd J, Howcroft D, Sixsmith A, Torrington J, Gibson G & Chalfont G (2010) Designing technology to improve quality of life for people with dementia: user led approaches. Universal Access in the Information Society, 9 (3), pp. 249-259. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10209-009-0172-1
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.
Quality of life;
Intuitive control interfaces;
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