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Perspectives of Stakeholders on Technology Use in the Care of Community-Living Older Adults with Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review

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Department Tranzo, Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Tilburg University, 5000 LE Tilburg, the Netherlands
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Health Innovations and Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences, School of Allied Health Professions, 5631 BN Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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Healthcare organization Azora,7061 AP Ter Borg, the Netherlands
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Department of Anesthesiology, Amphia Hospital 4818 CK Breda, the Netherlands
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TIAS School for Business and Society, Tilburg University, 5037 AB Tilburg, the Netherlands
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Healthcare 2019, 7(2), 73; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare7020073
Received: 1 May 2019 / Revised: 24 May 2019 / Accepted: 26 May 2019 / Published: 28 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Creating Age-friendly Communities: Housing and Technology)
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Abstract

Although technology has the potential to promote aging in place, the use of technology remains scarce among community-living older adults with dementia. A reason might be that many stakeholders are involved who all have a different perspective on technology use (i.e., needs, wishes, attitudes, possibilities, and difficulties). We systematically searched the literature in order to provide an overview of perspectives of different stakeholders on technology use among community-living older adults with dementia. After selection, 46 studies were included. We mainly found perspectives of informal caregivers and, to a lesser extent, of persons with dementia and formal caregivers. Perspectives of suppliers of technology were not present. Shared perspectives among persons with dementia and informal and formal caregivers were, among other things, ease of use, stability and flexibility of technology, importance of privacy, and confidentiality. We also found that among older persons, fun and pleasure, in addition to enhancing freedom and independence, facilitates technology use. Informal caregivers’ peace of mind and relief of burden also appeared to be important in using technologies. Formal caregivers value the potential of technologies to improve monitoring and communication. Insight in shared, and conflicting perspectives of stakeholders are essential to enhance the use of technology. View Full-Text
Keywords: dementia; older adults; technology; perspectives; informal caregivers; formal caregivers dementia; older adults; technology; perspectives; informal caregivers; formal caregivers
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van Boekel, L.C.; Wouters, E.J.; Grimberg, B.M.; van der Meer, N.J.; Luijkx, K.G. Perspectives of Stakeholders on Technology Use in the Care of Community-Living Older Adults with Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review. Healthcare 2019, 7, 73.

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