Working towards inclusion: Creating technology for and with people living with mild cognitive impairment or dementia who are employed

Karan Shastri, Jennifer Boger*, Sheida Marashi, Arlene Astell, Erica Dove, Ann-Charlotte Nedlund, Anna Mäki-Petäjä-Leinonen, Louise Nygård

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Abstract

Earlier diagnosis and longer working careers is resulting in more individuals being identified as having Mild Cognitive Impairment or Early Onset Dementia (MCI/EOD) when they are still in the workforce. While there is growing interest in the dementia research community and beyond to develop technologies to support people with dementia, the use of technology for and by people with MCI/EOD in the workplace has had very little attention. This paper presents a two-part study involving interviews and participatory sessions to begin to understand the workplace experiences and the role of technology among people living with MCI/EOD. We present our findings from working with seven people with MCI/EOD and two care partners to explore technology design. Our results indicate several similarities as well as a few differences between MCI/EOD and later-onset dementia with respect to challenges using technology and design considerations for supporting engagement and use of technology. Lessons learned through the process of working with people with MCI/EOD through participatory methods is presented along with recommendations to foster an inclusive, respectful, and empowering experience for participants with MCI/EOD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)556-578
Number of pages23
JournalDementia
Volume21
Issue number2
Early online date8 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2022
Externally publishedYes

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