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More than 72 000 people in Norway are suffering from demetia. Each year 10 000 new cases are registered. Approximately 250 000 family members are affected by the disease. People with dementia have problems coping with their daily activities.

People with dementia (PWD) often becomes inactive and socially insulated, which often results in health decline. Identifying new methods for assisting and tailoring the environment for PWD will save relatives, society and PWD from unnecessary strain. It has been shown that activity can reduce additional bi-symptoms and increase the amount of time PWD can live independently. Physical and mental activity can reduce somatic decline, need for medication and the strain on the relatives.

Jon (t.r) has dementia, but likes to be out in the nate with counsellor (service provider) Joar. (Photo: Noen AS)However because of physical, cognitive and contextual limitations it is a challenge to adapt the activity to the individual's (PWD) need. Meeting this challenge is is a critical success factor.

This project will result in a new service that will be supported by a ICT based mapping tool that will ensure quality in the health promoting activity service for PWD. The research will identify health promoting parameters and lay a foundation for a new type of targeted service that will deliver a knowledge based, personalized and quality assured activity service for PWD. This includes the organizational structure to support the service in addition to adaptation of point of contact between service provider and -receiver.

This service innovation will be supported by a ICT based decision support tool. This tool will based on mapping of the individual service receiver produce a personalized activity plan. In addition a personalized guide with methods and concrete tips on how to carry out the service for each service receiver is created. This research based tool will be used in Noen's business, but will also be commercialized and provided to other dementia care organisations.

Published 29 April 2014
Senior Research Scientist

Project duration

2012 - 2015


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