Collaborative Futures: A Technology Design Approach to Support Living Well with Dementia

ACM New York, NY, USA ©2017
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29th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, November 2017, 2017, pp. 397 - 401
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This paper presents insights into Younger Onset Dementia (YOD) offering clear differentiation in the circumstances, needs and challenges of people with YOD from those with late onset dementia. We point to opportunities for the potential role of digital technology to improve the experiences of people living with YOD. This is important because while HCI has long engaged with dementia, these efforts have been predominantly focused on designing technologies for elderly people experiencing dementia. In particular, this paper highlights concerns raised by people with YOD which have significant impact for HCI researchers when engaging people with YOD in research and in technology design. As such, this paper argues for a broadening of HCI research to include YOD and to rethink current research and design methods in ‘dementia and technology’ settings.
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