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Supporting People with Dementia Using Pervasive Healthcare Technologies

Mulvenna, M.D., Nugent, C.D.

Chris Nugent of the University of Ulster is one of the editors of this book, which describes a research project called COGKNOW, undertaken by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from across seven European countries including Northern Ireland.

The focus of the book is on how pervasive healthcare technologies can support people living with dementia. It is divided into four main parts. The first provides the background to the research and covers medical aspects of dementia, the state of the art in electronic assistive technologies for people with dementia, a review of ICT-based services for identified unmet needs in people with dementia and issues related to privacy, ethics and security when designing technologies for people with dementia. The second part focuses on the role of the user in the design process. The third describes different aspects of the technology used in the COGKNOW project to develop solutions to identified unmet needs. The fourth focuses on the evaluation and assessment of cognitive prosthetics, including the process of evaluation developed in the project and how the team measured the impact of the cognitive prosthetics on the daily life of people with dementia. The book concludes with an overview of the future state of the art in using technology to help people remain functionally independent and in their residence of choice.