Medium: Approaches Matter

Emma Dixon - June 27, 2020

Researching how technology can be used for active engagement to help people with dementia.

photo of two older women using vr goggles and a younger man between them assisting

Medium article, “Approaches Matter” by Emma Dixon explains how technology can be used to help engage people with dementia. Oftentimes, these technologies are designed for passive engagement, rather than active engagement, for people with dementia.

A team from the University of Maryland (UMD) Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) is researching how technology can be used for active engagement for people with dementia. The team is exploring different approaches because, “understanding these different perspectives is important for technology designers.”

The team, “join[s] dementia advocates in urging researchers towards perspectives that prioritize dignity and respect and attributing significance to the actions of people with dementia.”

Read the full article here.