Dynamorph: Montessori inspired design for seniors with dementia living in long-term care facilities

Y. Feng, R. van Reijmersdal, S. Yu, G.W.M. Rauterberg, J. Hu, E.I. Barakova

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Abstract

Seniors with dementia living in nursing homes are often faced with boredom and loneliness due to lack of meaningful engagement and personalized activities. We applied Montessori method to design an interactive table for elderly home residents and evaluated the design with four female residents and a nurse. This method offers a range of levelled interactions to meet the needs at different stages and cognitive decline levels of the residents with dementia. The table initiates interaction with an increasing level of complexity that magnifies the rewarding effects and social connectedness among the residents. The qualitative evaluation during a pilot study indicated that the interactions with the table reduced agitation of the elderly participants and increased the instances of positive social behaviours.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment
Subtitle of host publication9th International Conference, INTETAIN 2017, Funchal, Portugal, June 20-22, 2017, Proceedings
EditorsY. Chisik, J. Holopainen, R. Khaled, J.L. Silva, P.A. Silva
Place of PublicationDordrecht
PublisherSpringer
Pages49-58
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-73062-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-73061-5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Event9th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN 2017) - Funchal, Portugal
Duration: 20 Jun 201722 Jun 2017
Conference number: 9
http://www.intetain.org/2017/show/home

Publication series

NameLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social-Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering, LNICST
Volume215
ISSN (Print)1867-8211

Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment (INTETAIN 2017)
Abbreviated titleINTETAIN 2017
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityFunchal
Period20/06/1722/06/17
Internet address

Keywords

  • Dementia
  • Interaction design
  • Long-term care
  • Montessori method
  • Nursing home

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