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Social Technology Appropriation in Dementia: Investigating the Role of Caregivers in Engaging People with Dementia with a Videogame-based Training System

  • There has been increasing interest in designing for dementia in recent years. Empirical investigation is now needed of the long-term role of caregivers in appropriating ICTs into the complex daily life of people with dementia (PwD). We present here the outcomes of a 4-month evaluation of the individual, social and institutional impact of a videogame-based training system. The everyday behavior and interactions of 52 PwD and 25 caregivers was studied qualitatively, focusing on the role played by caregivers in integrating the system into daily routines. Our results indicate that the successful appropriation of ICT for PwD depends partly on the physical, cognitive and social benefits for PwD, but especially on the added value perceived by their social care-network. We discuss the need for design in dementia to develop more socially embedded innovations that can address the social actors involved and thus contribute to practical solutions for professional and private care.

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Document Type:Conference Object
Author:David Unbehaun, Konstantin Aal, Daryoush Daniel Vaziri, Peter David Tolmie, Rainer Wieching, David Randall, Volker Wulf
Parent Title (English):CHI '20: Proceedings of the 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, April 25–30, 2020, Honolulu, HI, USA
First Page:1
Last Page:15
Date of first publication:2020/04/25
Copyright:© 2020 Association for Computing Machinery. Abstracting with credit is permitted.
Funding Information:This work was funded by a grant of the German Ministry of Education and Research 16SV7330.
Keyword:Appropriation; Care; Caregiver; Dementia; Exergame; ICT
Departments, institutes and facilities:Fachbereich Wirtschaftswissenschaften
Institut für Verbraucherinformatik (IVI)
Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC):6 Technik, Medizin, angewandte Wissenschaften / 61 Medizin und Gesundheit / 610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Entry in this database:2020/04/29