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Assistive technologies to address capabilities of people with dementia: from research to practice

Kenigsberg, Paul-Ariel; Aquino, Jean-Pierre; Bérard, Alain; Brémond, François; Charras, Kevin; Dening, Tom; Dröes, Rose-Marie; Gzil, Fabrice; Hicks, Ben; Innes, Anthea; Nguyen, Mai; Nygård, Louise; Pino, Maribel; Sacco, Guillaume; Salmon, Eric; Roest, Henriëtte van der; Villet, Hervé; Villez, Marion; Robert, Philippe; Manera, Valeria

Authors

Paul-Ariel Kenigsberg

Jean-Pierre Aquino

Alain Bérard

François Brémond

Kevin Charras

TOM DENING Tom.Dening@nottingham.ac.uk
Clinical Professor in Dementia Research

Rose-Marie Dröes

Fabrice Gzil

Ben Hicks

Anthea Innes

Mai Nguyen

Louise Nygård

Maribel Pino

Guillaume Sacco

Eric Salmon

Henriëtte van der Roest

Hervé Villet

Marion Villez

Philippe Robert

Valeria Manera



Abstract

Assistive technologies (AT) became pervasive and virtually present in all our life domains. They can be either an enabler or an obstacle leading to social exclusion. The Fondation Médéric Alzheimer gathered international experts of dementia care, with backgrounds in biomedical, human and social sciences, to analyse how AT can address the capabilities of people with dementia, on the basis of their needs. Discussion covered the unmet needs of people with dementia, the domains of daily life activities where AT can provide help to people with dementia, the enabling and empowering impact of technology to improve their safety and wellbeing, barriers and limits of use, technology assessment, ethical and legal issues. The capability approach (possible freedom) appears particularly relevant in person-centered dementia care and technology development. The focus is not on the solution, rather on what the person can do with it: seeing dementia as disability, with technology as an enabler to promote capabilities of the person, provides a useful framework for both research and practice. This article summarizes how these concepts took momentum in professional practice and public policies in the past fifteen years (2000-2015), discusses current issues in the design, development and economic model of AT for people with dementia, and covers how these technologies are being used and assessed.

Citation

Kenigsberg, P., Aquino, J., Bérard, A., Brémond, F., Charras, K., Dening, T., …Manera, V. (2019). Assistive technologies to address capabilities of people with dementia: from research to practice. Dementia, 18(4), 1568-1595 . doi:10.1177/1471301217714093

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 16, 2017
Online Publication Date Jul 12, 2017
Publication Date 2019-05
Deposit Date May 18, 2017
Publicly Available Date Jul 12, 2017
Journal Dementia
Print ISSN 1471-3012
Electronic ISSN 1741-2684
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Issue 4
Pages 1568-1595
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/1471301217714093
Keywords dementia, assistive technologies, capabilities, empowerment, assessment, ethics, human rights, psychosocial model of disability, public policies, economics
Public URL http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/42926
Publisher URL http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1471301217714093
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf

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