CoasterChat: Exploring Digital Communication between People with Early Stage Dementia and Family Members Embedded in a Daily Routine

Sabeth H. Diks, T.H.C. Muyrers, Tzu-Jou Huang, Guangyu Chen, Myrte Thoolen, Rens G.A. Brankaert

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Abstract

People with dementia living at home experience difficulties in participating in social interactions, while staying in contact with family adds quality to their lived experience. Initiating communication can be challenging for family, since there is a natural disparity between their life patterns and those of people with dementia. In this paper, we present CoasterChat, an exploration in design that embeds asynchronous digital communication in a daily coffee routine to support social sharing between people with early stage dementia and their family. In this preliminary study, the aim is to explore suitable interaction design that provides an opportunity for technology to be embedded in existing individual routines. Initial results show the importance of personalization in digital guidance. Benefit for family who engage in the interaction lies in the flexibility and accessibility of asynchronous communication. Finally, we discuss that these routines enhance social relationships which demonstrates the opportunities of creating a meaningful interaction between people with dementia and family members.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2021
Subtitle of host publicationExtended Abstracts of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1-7
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-8095-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2021
Event2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2021 - Virtual, Online, Yokohama, Japan
Duration: 8 May 202113 May 2021
https://chi2021.acm.org/

Conference

Conference2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2021
Abbreviated titleCHI 2021
Country/TerritoryJapan
CityYokohama
Period8/05/2113/05/21
Other"Making Waves, Combining Strengths"
Internet address

Keywords

  • daily routine
  • dementia
  • digital communication
  • empowerment
  • experience-centered design
  • social sharing
  • suitable interaction design
  • synchronous interaction

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