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Acceptance of wearable technology by people with Alzheimer's disease: issues and accommodations.

Authors
  • Mahoney, Edward L1
  • Mahoney, Diane F
Type
Published Article
Journal
American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2010
Volume
25
Issue
6
Pages
527–531
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1533317510376944
PMID: 20702501
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The increasing number of cognitively impaired older adults who exhibit wandering tendencies raises safety concerns. The purpose of the current study was to research the State-of the-Art in Wearable Technologies for persons with Alzheimer's Disease and identify challenges unique to this population and lessons learned. Inclusion criteria specified systems/devices that completed laboratory testing and were commercially available for usage by community-based Alzheimer's family caregivers. Methods included a series of Internet product searches and telephone interviews with related corporate representatives and participant's referrals. Results indicated many products in development or academic research use but only a limited number were available that met the study criteria. The interviews with key informants revealed features necessary to consider when making products to be worn by persons with cognitive impairment. In conclusion, there is no ideal solution and opportunities remain for marketplace innovations and for addressing the challenges associated with balancing safety and security.

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