Dementia, technologies and social inclusion

How can technology can be used to facilitate greater social inclusion for people with dementia and their carers

The second workshop in the ‘Shifting Paradigms for Dementia’ series was held on Friday 17th November at the Scottish Universities Insight Institute, Collins Building, 22 Richmond St, Glasgow, G1 1XQ. We focused on the use of technologies with people living with dementia, and looked at how technology can be used to facilitate greater social inclusion for people with dementia and their carers.

During the morning session we heard from Gillian Anderson – Senior Technology Coordinator, Alzheimer Scotland – who introduced delegates to assistive technologies for dementia care, before Matthew Larivière – University of East Anglia – spoke about his research on technology-enabled care services for people living with dementia. Moving to the latest app-base technologies, Roger Arellano – Chief Technology office, MindMate – introduced us to the MindMate app and how it works to support people to live well following their diagnosis. The final speaker of the first session was Andrew Eccles – Lecturer in Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde – who discussed the oft overlooked ethical issues that assistive technology raises.

Unfortunately our keynote speaker, Professor Roma Maguire – Professor of Digital Health and Care, University of Strathclyde – was unable to attend to due a family bereavement. Two of our workshop chairs, Dr Diane Pennington and Dr Grant Gibson, took to the floor in Roma’s place to discuss understanding workplace information needs for people living with dementia and how assistive technology is adapted by users to work for them.

We ran two parallel sessions during the afternoon. In the first, session attendees visited the ‘fab lab’ at the University of Strathclyde to take part in a ‘hack’ activity to develop prototype devices using the available facilities. The second explored how technology-enabled care services for people living with dementiaes can be used in more innovative and personalized ways than currently takes place.

The programme for the seminar is listed below and full details of the individual talks can be found via the links at the bottom of this page.

10.00-10.30
Coffee/tea and registration

 

10.30-10.35
Welcome to the workshop from the Chairs Dr Diane Pennington, University of Strathclyde; Dr Grant Gibson, University of Stirling; Sue Northrop, Dementia-Friendly East Lothian
 

10.35-11.00
Introduction to assistive technologies for dementia care – Gillian Anderson, Senior Technology Coordinator, Alzheimer Scotland
 

11.00-11.20
Technology-enabled care services for people living with dementia (recorded) – Matthew Larivière, PhD Candidate, University of East Anglia
 

11.20-11.30 (Break)
 

11.30-11.50
The MindMate App – Rogelio Arellano, Chief Technology Officer, MindMate
 

11.50-12.10
Some ethical issues around technology enabled care – Andrew Eccles, Lecturer in Social Work & Social Policy, University of Strathclyde
 

12.10-12.30
Panel discussion with all speakers
 

12.30-1.00 (Lunch)
 

1.00-1.45
Keynote Speech – Chairs Dr Diane Pennington, University of Strathclyde and Dr Grant Gibson, University of Stirling
 

2:00-4:00
Parallel afternoon sessions

1. Fab Lab at Strathclyde, James Weir Building, Room 310, 75 Montrose Street, G1 1XJ
Hands-on “hackathon”: Creative technologies for people with dementia – Graham Murdoch, Lecturer in Design and Technological Education and Fab Lab Manager, University of Strathclyde.

2. Person-centred assistive technologies – Dr Grant Gibson, University of Stirling
 

4:00-4:30
Wrap-up discussion: James Weir Building, Room 410 – Dr Diane Pennington, Lecturer in Information Science, University of Strathclyde

View the presentations

To watch the full presentations given at the second workshop of Shifting Paradigms for Dementia, please follow the links below.