Dazed and Confused considered normal: An Approach to Create Interactive Systems for People with Dementia

N Mahmud, J Vogt, K Luyten, K Slegers, J Van Den Bergh, K Coninx

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In Western society, the elderly represent a rapidly growing demographic group. For this group, dementia has become an important cause of dependencies on others and causes difficulties with independent living. Typical symptoms of the dementia syndrome are decreased location awareness and difficulties in situating ones activities in time, thus hindering long term plans and activities. We present our approach in creating an interactive system tailored for the needs of the early phases of the dementia syndrome. Given the increasing literacy with mobile technologies in this group, we propose an approach that exploits mobile technology in combination with the physical and social context to support prolonged independent living. Our system strengthens the involvement of caregivers through the patient's social network. We show that applications for people suffering from dementia can be created by explicitly taking into account context in the design process. Context dependencies that are defined in an early stage in the development process are propagated as part of the runtime behavior of the interactive system.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHCSE'10 Proceedings of the Third international conference on Human-centred software engineering
EditorsR. Bernhaupt, P. Forbrig, J. Gulliksen, M. Larusdottir
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages16
ISBN (Print)9783642164873
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2010
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag

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