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Safe Walking Technology for People with Dementia: What do They want?

Abstract

This paper presents an attempt to understand how safe walking technology can be designed to fit the needs of people with dementia. Taking inspiration from modern dementia care philosophy, and its emphasis on the individual with dementia, we have performed in-depth investigations of three persons’ experiences of living with early-stage dementia. From interviews and co-design workshops with them and their family caregivers, we identified several factors that influence people with dementia’s attitudes toward safe walking technology, and how they want the technology to assist them. Relevant factors include: The desire for control and self-management, the subjective experiences of symptoms, personal routines and skills, empathy for care-givers, and the local environment in which they live. Based on these findings, we argue there is a need to reconsider “surveillance” as a concept on which to base design of safe walking technology. We also discuss implications for design ethics.

Category

Academic lecture

Client

  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 208820
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 222069
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 225859
  • Research Council of Norway (RCN) / 219842

Language

English

Author(s)

Affiliation

  • SINTEF Digital / Health Research
  • SINTEF Digital / Software Engineering, Safety and Security

Presented at

ASSETS' 13 The 15th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Place

Bellevue, Washington

Date

21.10.2013 - 23.10.2013

Organizer

ACM

Year

2013

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