Enriching everyday lived experiences in dementia care

Maarten Houben, Rens Brankaert, Emma Dhaeze, Gail Kenning, Inge Bongers, Berry Eggen

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Research in HCI is increasingly investigating the role of technology in supporting meaningful and social activities to enhance the lived experiences of people with dementia. However, to further enrich the daily experiences in care, more insight is needed into how technology can directly promote social participation and pleasurable experiences in everyday care situations. This paper discusses the deployment of VITA and SAM: two research products that address the social and emotional needs of residents in day-to-day dementia care. We report how both products offered aesthetic and sensory enrichment, created new experiences in the everyday, and were integrated into the care environment. Furthermore, we identify implications for design to provide: 1) aesthetics in care, 2) authentic experiences, 3) reinforcing everyday life, and 4) community-driven use in practice. We contribute to existing research by demonstrating how technology for dementia care can transcend instrumental use and culminate in warm-felt everyday experiences.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (TEI ’22)
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ISBN (Electronic)9781450391474
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


  • Dementia
  • Design
  • Everyday life
  • Experience
  • Research products
  • Residential care


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