Technology and Dementia: The Future is Now

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Technology has multiple potential applications to dementia from diagnosis and assessment to care delivery and supporting ageing in place. OBJECTIVES: To summarise key areas of technology development in dementia and identify future directions and implications. METHOD: Members of the US Alzheimer's Association Technology Professional Interest Area involved in delivering the annual pre-conference summarised existing knowledge on current and future technology developments in dementia. RESULTS: The main domains of technology development are as follows: (i) diagnosis, assessment and monitoring, (ii) maintenance of functioning, (iii) leisure and activity, (iv) caregiving and management. CONCLUSIONS: The pace of technology development requires urgent policy, funding and practice change, away from a narrow medical approach, to a holistic model that facilitates future risk reduction and prevention strategies, enables earlier detection and supports implementation at scale for a meaningful and fulfilling life with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Externally publishedYes

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