Digital Technologies in Dementia Care
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2024 | Viewed by 255
2. Psychosocial Rehabilitation Laboratory, Center for Rehabilitation Research (CIR), R. Dr. António Bernardino de Almeida 400, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
3. Center for Health Technology and Services Research (CINTESIS), Faculty of Medicine, University of Porto, R. Dr. Plácido da Costa, 4200-450 Porto, Portugal
Interests: occupational therapy; aging; dementia; frailty; environmental factors; virtual reality
Advancements in digital technology, especially over the past two decades, have helped to reshape the way care and treatment are delivered to people with dementia and their caregivers. Innovations in areas, such as artificial intelligence, machine learning algorithms, robotics, pervasive and ubiquitous computing, wireless networking, and miniaturization of sensors, combined with an increased affordability of these technologies, have expanded the availability and subsequent application of intelligent devices and technology-embedded environments in dementia care. These tools are often used to promote the independence and safe participation of people with dementia in all areas of occupation, including digital solutions for monitoring (e.g., wearable devices for GPS tracking or measuring physiological indicators), assistance in daily activities (e.g., automated lighting of certain areas of the household or voice assistants that remind individuals to take their medication), and the facilitation of social participation and leisure (e.g., robots that facilitate videoconferencing with family members or that present engaging activities provided in a visual interface). Furthermore, digital technologies are frequently used to provide therapeutic experiences that seek to delay cognitive decline and diminish behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, encompassing diverse non-pharmacological interventions (e.g., using virtual reality in reminiscence therapy interventions, employing application software for cognitive stimulation, or utilizing companion robots to promote relaxation and communication).
This Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health focuses on how digital technology can support people living with dementia and their families, enhancing their well-being. Papers addressing novel digital solutions that can be used by caregivers and health professionals are welcomed.
Prof. Dr. Tiago Coelho
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- cognitive decline
- behavioral and psychological symptoms
- digital technology
- intelligent assistive technologies
- virtual reality
- serious games