Using Smartphones to Increase Independence for People with Dementia

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Using Smartphones to Increase Independence for People with Dementia by Beverley Cook and Krishan Patel

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Using Smartphones to Increase Independence for People with Dementia

  1. 1. Using Smartphones to Increase Independence for People with Dementia Dr Beverley Cook Krishan Patel
  2. 2. Overview •Aims of the projects •Motivation •System details •Evaluation and Future work
  3. 3. Aim of the Project •To increase independence for dementia patients and reduce the need for home visits •By: –creating a system for carers to provide reminders which are accessible from an Android smartphone –providing further functionality useful for dementia patients and their carers
  4. 4. Motivation •Dementia affects millions of people worldwide [1] •Caring for dementia patients costs £23billion a year, expected to reach £50billion by 2038 [2] •Utilize common technology
  5. 5. System Architecture Carer Patient View errands Add errands Errand Database Errand completed Monitor errands
  6. 6. Carer Website •Add New Errands •Amend/Delete Errands •Mark Errands as complete
  7. 7. Patient Application •View Errands •Notes •Contacts •Reminders •Assistance
  8. 8. Patient Application •View Errands – see a list of current and future errands
  9. 9. Patient Application •Notes – enter short notes within the app •Contacts – easy communication to a list of contacts within the app •Reminders – add and view a list of private reminders not shared with the carer.
  10. 10. Patient Application •Assistance – ‘Panic Button’, quick way to contact the carer or emergency services
  11. 11. Evaluation and Future Work •System demonstrated to Assistive Technology Project manager at Luton Borough Council, and a social worker •Identified improvements to usability and suggested new features which will inform future work
  12. 12. Usability improvements •Expand user base to those with other mental health issues •Provide options to increase text and button size •Use images instead of text •Use audio recordings for notifications
  13. 13. Functionality •Improve notes function with handwriting recognition or speech recognition •GPS tracking, navigation and ‘geofencing’ •Falls detector
  14. 14. Conclusions •A novel reminder system for dementia patients has been presented. •The system will increase the patient’s independence, whilst reducing the time and cost. •The results of an initial evaluation have confirmed the feasibility of the system •suggestions for improvements and extra functionality which will inform the future work on this project. •
  15. 15. References [1] Alzheimer's Disease International, 2010. Dementia Statistics [online]. Available at: http://www.alz.co.uk/research/statistics [Accessed Feb/15 2013]. [2] Alzheimer's Society, 2013. The dementia guide [online]. http://www.alzheimers.org.uk/site/scripts/documents_info.php?documentID= 2227 [Accessed Sept/9 2013].
  16. 16. Using Smartphones to Increase Independence for People with Dementia Dr Beverley Cook Krishan Patel

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