Researchers from the AcTo Dementia team; Arlene Astell, Sarah Kate Smith and Phil Joddrell, have co-edited and contributed chapters for a new book focused on using technology with people with dementia.
Aimed at anyone curious about using technology for dementia, this book includes guidance on what technology is available, what other people find useful, and tips on how to get started. With chapters written by experts from around the world, Using Technology in Dementia Care: A Guide to Technology Solutions for Everyday Living, provides an accessible introduction for people living with dementia and their family members, as well as providers of health, social care and housing for people living with dementia. Summaries of how technology for dementia has developed and where it is going, also make this book of interest to researchers, developers and companies wishing to enter the field of dementia technology.
Readers can find practical information about using technology at home, outdoors, for daily activities and fun. There is also information for families providing care for someone with dementia which includes specific technologies for making everyday life easier, reassurance and peace of mind, spending time together, keeping in touch, and looking after themselves.
The book is published by Jessica Kinglsey Publishers and is available from their website and many other online book stores.
The AcTo Dementia project itself is featured in Chapter 5, Leisure Activities and Technology with Dementia, with details on how AcTo evolved and the research underpinning the project. A full list of the chapters and authors can be seen below:
Part 1: An overview of technology for dementia
Chapter 1: An introduction to technology for dementia
Professor Arlene Astell, Erica Dove and Dr Alexandra Hernandez
Chapter 2: Assessing the needs of people with dementia for technology
Professor Louise Nygård, Dr Camilla Malinowsky and Dr Lena Rosenberg
Chapter 3: Ethical issues in technology for dementia
Dr Jennifer Boger, Professor Jeffrey Jutai, Dr Anne Moorhead, Professor Maurice Mulvenna and Dr Raymond Bond
Part 2: Technology in the lives of people with dementia
Chapter 4: Life at home and technology with dementia
Dr Grant Gibson
Chapter 5: Outdoor life and technology with dementia
Dr Rens Brankaert and Sandra Suijkerbuijk
Chapter 6: Leisure activities and technology with dementia
Dr Phil Joddrell and Dr Sarah Kate Smith
Chapter 7: Technology use by people with dementia
Ken Clasper, Tom Hawkins, Ann Johnson, Keith Oliver with Nada Savitch
Part 3: Technology ecosystem for dementia
Chapter 8: Technology for families of people with dementia
Dr Emma Wolverson, Rosie Dunn and Caroline White
Chapter 9: Technology for organisations supporting people with dementia
Dr Julie Christie and Professor Mary Marshall
Chapter 10: Dementia-friendly future
Dr Stephen Czarnuch and Professor Arlene Astell