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Friday, May 29 • 2:20pm - 2:30pm
Assistive technologies and dementia: Exploring professional caregivers’ perceptions of the use of assistive technologies in providing care for people with dementia

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This presentation examines professional caregivers’ perceptions of the use of assistive technologies in providing care for people with dementia. Five professional caregivers were interviewed and a combination of grounded theory and Discourse Analysis was used to analyze the data. All interviewees viewed dementia as a disability, demonstrating the dominance of the disease as a social concept. Findings indicate caregivers operate under discourses of assistance and disability. While caregivers acknowledged technologies can assist in the care of people with dementia, responses also indicated benefits are minimized or negated due to complications of implementing technologies. Results indicate that professional caregivers' perceptions of the use of technologies in providing care for people with dementia are mixed. Despite the benefits, assistive technologies can only be one part of providing effective care for people with dementia. For the presentation at UXPA Boston 2020, this will be a ten-minute student talk.

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Eric Ely

PhD student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Eric Ely is a PhD student in the School of Information at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests fall along two general lines of inquiry. First, he is interested in reframing and reconsidering teaching and learning in academic libraries at institutions of higher... Read More →


Friday May 29, 2020 2:20pm - 2:30pm
6 - Commonwealth

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