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"Now where was I∑?": Designing Assistive Technologies to Support Conversation in Dementia

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Dementia is a condition that is becoming increasingly prevalent as our society ages; it is probably known best for the dramatic memory loss that accompanies it, but the difficulties associated with dementia are much more far-reaching and complex than many people realize. Partaking in communication, particularly conversation, is a valuable way to help an individual with dementia maintain a sense of control over their life, feel competent, express themselves, and keep their place in the world around them. As normal conversation can be a difficult thing to achieve in dementia, there is an opportunity for technology to assist individuals in maintaining more satisfying relationships through the augmentation of conversation. I will discuss a new design approach for this user group, combining user-centred design with mobile technologies to create tangible artefacts aimed at augmenting conversation between those with dementia, and with their carers and others.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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