New role for technology in Dementia care
08 Sep 2016
Learning how to use technology can help people with dementia recall memories, follow leisure activities, communicate with family and friends, record lucidity and manage day-to-day life. It can also help their carers access key information and instant support.
These findings come on the back of Good Things Foundation’s three year programme with NHS England which aimed to widen digital participation in health. People living with dementia were one of the audience groups where the introduction of technology proved particularly effective, and who realised the greatest impacts in terms of personal confidence and wellbeing.
An in-depth study followed five specialist UK online centres working with dementia patients and carers between January and April this year, to track the social, medical and digital barriers to learning, understand best practice and the features of successful delivery, as well as recording the health and wellbeing outcomes of using digital technology.
The report - Dementia and Digital; Using technology to improve health and wellbeing for people with dementia and their carers - comes out just before the UK’s National Dementia Carer’s Day on Sunday.