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Dementia and technology

Mary Marshall

in Inclusive housing in an ageing society

Published by Policy Press

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9781861342638
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447302582 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861342638.003.0006
Dementia and technology

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People with dementia make up the largest group in long-stay institutional care and, whether within institutions or living in the community, they are extremely vulnerable to forms of social exclusion. This chapter describes how dementia presents particular challenges to designers of living environments as well as how details of design can have a strong impact on the quality of life of people living with dementia. Technology in the homes of people with dementia, also known as assistive technology, assists the person to live as normal a life as possible. However, the availability of the technology for people with dementia is put into question by the author. He describes a successful technology project, which was undertaken in central Scotland before discussing possible reasons, including cost and resistance, for the failure of other local authorities to emulate it.

Keywords: dementia; social exclusion; design; technology; assistive technology; cost; local authorities

Chapter.  6944 words. 

Subjects: Gerontology and Ageing

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