IDENTIFYING BENEFICIAL TECHNOLOGIES
Modern technology has revolutionized how we work, live, and play. Televisions were the height of technology in many American households in the 1950s. According to the Pew Research Center, 96% of Americans currently own cell phones. Smartphones, computers, tablets, and the internet have transformed how we connect with others, find information, navigate, play games, listen to music, and read books and newspapers. One beneficial outcome of COVID-19 has been the escalation of implementing telehealth in medical practices across the country.
Technologies can be helpful to maximize independence and functionality for individuals living with dementia. Supportive technologies can provide: reminders and medical alerts, GPS navigation to aid in wayfinding, platforms to easily connect with others visually as well as auditorily, and artificial intelligence aids such as Siri and Alexa among many other technologies.
WHAT DAA IS DOING TO IDENTIFY BENEFICIAL TECHNOLOGIES –
1. Convene a monthly online Technology & Dementia Workgroup to bring together diverse stakeholders interested and involved in using technology to better support individuals and families living with dementia, including: individuals living with dementia, care partners, technology innovators, IT experts, university-based technology researchers, and providers of supports and services among many others. Click here for more info.
2. All too often products and services are developed without input from the end users resulting in items that miss the mark. DAA established an ON THE MARK program to connect technology companies and innovators with individuals living with dementia and care partners for targeted feedback on existing products or services or for a budding concept. Click here for more info.