Technology and Dementia: The Future is Now

Technology and Dementia Professional Interest Area ...

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Technology has multiple potential applications to dementia from diagnosis and assessment to care delivery and supporting ageing in place. OBJECTIVES: To summarise key areas of technology development in dementia and identify future directions and implications. METHOD: Members of the US Alzheimer's Association Technology Professional Interest Area involved in delivering the annual pre-conference summarised existing knowledge on current and future technology developments in dementia. RESULTS: The main domains of technology development are as follows: (i) diagnosis, assessment and monitoring, (ii) maintenance of functioning, (iii) leisure and activity, (iv) caregiving and management. CONCLUSIONS: The pace of technology development requires urgent policy, funding and practice change, away from a narrow medical approach, to a holistic model that facilitates future risk reduction and prevention strategies, enables earlier detection and supports implementation at scale for a meaningful and fulfilling life with dementia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-139
Number of pages9
JournalDementia and geriatric cognitive disorders
Volume47
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Big data
  • Dementia
  • Policy
  • Technology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Technology and Dementia Professional Interest Area ... (2019). Technology and Dementia: The Future is Now. Dementia and geriatric cognitive disorders, 47(3), 131-139. https://doi.org/10.1159/000497800