Technology and personhood in dementia care

Arlene Astell*

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Modern dementia care is increasingly turning to technology to address a wide range of issues. Such developments are argued to improve quality of life, as, for example, technological interventions that reduce risks and increase safety can enable people with dementia to stay in their own homes for longer. However, all interventions in dementia care must strike a balance between doing what is perceived to be for the best and preserving the personhood of people with dementia. Technological interventions run a particularly high risk of crossing the line into doing things to people with dementia, rather than with them. Doing things for people with dementia is also problematic if it takes away their ability to do things for themselves. These issues are examined with reference to electronic tagging, assistive or 'smart' technology and interventions to address the psychosocial needs of people with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-25
Number of pages11
JournalQuality in Ageing and Older Adults
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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