A natural language-based presentation of cognitive stimulation to people with dementia in assistive technology: a pilot study

Dethlefs, Nina and Milders, Maarten and Cuayáhuitl, Heriberto and Al-Salkini, Turkey and Douglas, Lorraine (2017) A natural language-based presentation of cognitive stimulation to people with dementia in assistive technology: a pilot study. Informatics for Health and Social Care . pp. 1-12. ISSN 1753-8157

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Abstract

Currently, an estimated 36 million people worldwide are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. In the absence of a cure, non-pharmacological interventions, such as cognitive stimulation, which slow down the rate of deterioration can benefit people with dementia and their caregivers. Such interventions have shown to improve well-being and slow down the rate of cognitive decline. It has further been shown that cognitive stimulation in interaction with a computer is as effective as with a human. However, the need to operate a computer often represents a difficulty for the elderly and stands in the way of widespread adoption. A possible solution to this obstacle is to provide a spoken natural language interface that allows people with dementia to interact with the cognitive stimulation software in the same way as they would interact with a human caregiver. This makes the assistive technology accessible to users regardless of their technical skills and provides a fully intuitive user experience. This article describes a pilot study that evaluated the feasibility of computer-based cognitive stimulation through a spoken natural language interface. Prototype software was evaluated with 23 users, including healthy elderly people and people with dementia. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive.

Keywords:Assistive technology, natural language, dementia, cognitive stimulation
Subjects:L Social studies > L510 Health & Welfare
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:28284
Deposited On:11 Aug 2017 12:57

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