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New Trends to Support Independence in Persons with Mild Dementia-A Mini-Review

Hamdi Aloulou
Thibaut Tiberghien
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Jit Biswas
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Daniel Racoceanu
Yap Philip
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Our research was motivated by the growing aging population worldwide and the need to concentrate research efforts on a specific target group; it focuses on elderly persons with physical and cognitive deficiencies. The primary goal is to enable persons with mild dementia to maximize their physical and mental functions through assistive technologies in order to be able to continue to participate in social networks and lead independent and purposeful lives. Persons with mild dementia usually have problems in performing activities of daily living due to episodic memory decline. These can include simple activities, such as bathing, changing clothes and preparing meals. Through extended field test trials involving end users, we have demonstrated that assistive technology that provides timely prompts, alarms and reminders can enable them to preserve their abilities and improve their quality of life. Understanding the user context, especially when targeting demented individuals, and providing the required personalized assistive services is the objective of our research work. Finding the appropriate user interface to interact with the provided services is often a barrier. Thus, we have adopted the approach of a multimodal interactive system with the living environment including a TV set, iPad-like tablets, sensors/actuators, and wireless speakers connected to a reasoning engine that is able to consider the complexity of the users' profile defined by his/her cognitive abilities. In this paper we will mainly focus on the interaction level with the system as well as on the validation stages performed to meet the users' requirements. This is the result of several years' work since 2006 in the frame of two projects (IST-FP6 COGKNOW European completed project and AMUPADH ongoing project in Singapore).
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hal-00739829 , version 1 (09-10-2012)


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Mounir Mokhtari, Hamdi Aloulou, Thibaut Tiberghien, Jit Biswas, Daniel Racoceanu, et al.. New Trends to Support Independence in Persons with Mild Dementia-A Mini-Review. Gerontology, 2012, pp.10.1159/000337827. ⟨hal-00739829⟩
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