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Geriatrics 2018, 3(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/geriatrics3010008

Teaching a Person with Memory Impairment Smartphone Use for Emergencies during Outdoors Walking: Case Report

School of Occupational Therapy, College of Health Professions, Pacific University, Hillsboro, OR 97123, USA
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Received: 4 January 2018 / Revised: 30 January 2018 / Accepted: 17 February 2018 / Published: 20 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Aging and Driving)
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Abstract

Safety issues arise during the performance of activities as dementia advances. Occupational therapists collaborate with dementia clients and their caregivers to find solutions and strategies to prolong safe activity participation. Additionally, occupational therapists teach through demonstration showing engagement in specific activities may no longer be safe. We present the case of a 70-year-old male with mild dementia. His caregiver believes he needs to use a smartphone for safety during outdoors walking; the client’s enjoyed and valued occupation. This case report illustrates smartphone use may be difficult to learn for a person with mild dementia. It highlights the need for the caregiver and person with dementia to receive education together for best understanding. New technologies for community mobility such as outdoors walking are considered. View Full-Text
Keywords: community mobility; dementia; occupational therapy; outdoors walking; technology devices community mobility; dementia; occupational therapy; outdoors walking; technology devices
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Maze, J.H.; Hunt, L.A. Teaching a Person with Memory Impairment Smartphone Use for Emergencies during Outdoors Walking: Case Report. Geriatrics 2018, 3, 8.

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