Designing the interface between dementia patients, 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, nonpharmacological 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
Externally publishedYes

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