Technology-supported life-story work and reminiscence therapy with dementia patients

Person-centred development and scientific evaluation of technology-supported approaches to reminiscence therapy

How can digital media and new interactive technologies be used to support those with dementia in their personal reminiscence therapy? This is central to the research being carried out in the "Interactive Memories“ project (InterMem).

The researchers in the project will test various types of digital media and interactive technologies such as multiamedia tablets and computer programmes or use memory artifacts augmented by means of multimedia technologies, in order to develop new approaches to life-story work and reminiscence therapy.

The use of technology is intended to both increase the positive effects of reminiscence therapy through the possibility of multimodal interaction (e.g. input through touch, gestures and language) and multisensory stimulation (e.g. output through audio-video, smell, haptic feedback) and secondly, to make therapy easier to carry out and apply in practice.

One of the core research areas is the investigation of the potential use of larger interactive surfaces (surface computing) and interactive objects (smart objects, mixed reality). The results of the use of technology will be evaluated with particular reference to their effects on the therapy process and the quality of life of those with dementia.

Project Partners

Furtwangen University
The University of Würzburg
Vertigo Systems GmbH, Köln
Demenz Support Stuttgart gGmbH, Stuttgart
Marienhaus St. Johann e.V., Freiburg
Fürstlich-Fürstenbergisches Altenpflegeheim Hüfingen

Duration: 3 years, 06/2015 – 05/2018

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of the IKT2020 – Research for Innovation FKZ 16SV7323 funding programme.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Ing. Christophe Kunze
Professor of Assistive Technologies, Faculty of Health, Safety, Society
Director - Institute for Human and Technology Interaction (IMTT)
Contact - Centre for Applied Research Ambient Assisted Living (ZAFH AAL)
Tel: 07723 920-2583
Furtwangen Campus, Room O 0.04
kuc(at)hs-furtwangen.de