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A systematic review of dementia focused assistive technology

Evans, Joanna; Brown, Michael; Coughlan, Tim; Lawson, Glyn; Craven, Michael P.


Joanna Evans

Michael Brown

Tim Coughlan


This paper presents a systematic review which explores the nature of assistive technologies currently being designed, developed and evaluated for dementia sufferers and their carers. A search through four large databases, followed by filtering by relevance, led to the identification and subsequent review of papers. Our review revealed that the majority of research in this area focuses on the support of day-to-day living activities, safety monitoring, memory aids and preventing social isolation. We conclude that the majority of AT currently available support day-to-day living activities, safety monitoring and assisting healthcare. However these devices merely address the ‘ease of living’ rather than focusing on ‘quality of life’. Although there are some devices which address social symptoms of Dementia, few address behavioural issues such as aggression and virtually none are available to support recreational activities. After discussing the implications of these findings, we finally reflect on general design issues for assistive technologies in this domain that became apparent during the review.


Evans, J., Brown, M., Coughlan, T., Lawson, G., & Craven, M. P. (2015). A systematic review of dementia focused assistive technology. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 9170,

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 21, 2015
Deposit Date Feb 16, 2016
Publicly Available Date Feb 16, 2016
Journal Lecture Notes in Computer Science
Electronic ISSN 0302-9743
Publisher Springer Verlag
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9170
Book Title Human-Computer Interaction: Interaction Technologies
Keywords Human centered design, User centered design, Adaptive and personalized interfaces, Interaction design, New technology and its usefulness, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Assistive technology
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Chapter in: Human-computer interaction: interaction technologies: 17th International Conference, HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings, Part II ISBN 978-3-319-20915-9


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