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Engaging older adults with dementia in creative occupations using artificially intelligent assistive technology

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Engaging older adults with dementia in creative occupations using artificially intelligent assistive technology

Leuty, V., Boger, J., Young, Laurel, Hoey, J. and Mihailidis, A. (2013) Engaging older adults with dementia in creative occupations using artificially intelligent assistive technology. . Assistive Technology, 25 . pp. 72-79.

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Abstract

Engagement in creative occupations has been shown to promote well-being for older adults with dementia. Providing access to such occupations is often difficult as successful participation requires face-time with a person who is knowledgeable in facilitating engagement as well as access to any required resources, such as an arts studio. In response, a computer-based device, the Engaging Platform for Art Development (ePAD), was created to with the aim of enabling more independent access to art creation. ePAD is a an artificially intelligent touch-screen device that estimates a client’s level of engagement and provides prompts to encourage engagement if the client becomes disengaged. ePAD is customizable such that an art therapist can choose themes and tools that they feel reflect their client’s needs and preferences. This paper presents a mixed-methods study that evaluated ePAD’s usability by six older adult (with mild-to-moderate dementia) and art therapist dyads. Usability measures suggest that all participants found ePAD engaging but did not find prompts effective. Future development of ePAD includes improving the prompts, implementing the recommendations made by participants in this research, and long- term testing in more naturalistic art therapy contexts.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Fine Arts > Creative Arts Therapies
Item Type:Article
Refereed:No
Authors:Leuty, V. and Boger, J. and Young, Laurel and Hoey, J. and Mihailidis, A.
Journal or Publication:. Assistive Technology
Date:2013
Keywords:Assistive technology, Human-computer interface, Intelligent systems, Memory impairment, Quality of life, Older adults.
ID Code:981364
Deposited By: LAUREL YOUNG
Deposited On:04 Jul 2016 18:49
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:53
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