Case studies in SenseCam use for cognitive stimulation therapy in early-stage dementia.
Piasek, Paulina and Irving, Kate and Smeaton, Alan F. (2011) Case studies in SenseCam use for cognitive stimulation therapy in early-stage dementia. In: 11th DIVERSE International Conference – Making the eHealth connection: Innovative uses of Technology in Health, 28-30 June 2011., Dublin .
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Estimates suggest that Ireland will have 50,000 people with dementia by 2016 and over 100,000 by 2036. Combined with European total costs are estimated in 2005 at €130 billion. As dementia is incurable there is a real need to support the existing dementia health care practices and carers by innovative technology use. Using technology to improve mental health of the people with dementia is one way of such support. This research explores intervention which uses Microsoft SenseCam images within the principles of Cognitive Stimulation Therapy (CST) to engage people with early stage dementia in meaningful discussion. This SenseCam intervention, like the CST approach, aims at general enhancement of quality of life and global cognitive and social functioning.
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