Technology for exploring ‘self’ in dementia care : CIRCA and Robots

In my investigation of software tools for people with dementia, a pioneering product is the desk top digital reminiscence tool for people with dementia, CIRCA. Whilst in Glasgow for the 2014 Alzheimer’s Europe Conference  (this link takes you to the assistive technology abstracts), I had the pleasure to meet with collaborators on the project, Professor Arlene Astell (University of […]

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Building a virtual world for dementia care (article)

This article outlines the process by which people living with dementia helped develop a prototype virtual environment activity program, called AVED, to support engagement for those with moderate to severe symptoms of dementia. This article is also published in the Australian Journal of Dementia Care, October – November 2014 edition, pages 17-19. The Journal, full of news, is available by subscription […]

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“Tapping into Memory” – Swinburne University of Technology profiles our research into designing virtual worlds for people with dementia

The latest edition of Swinburne University of Technology’s  VENTURE magazine has a story about my doctoral research into virtual worlds and how  they can support well-being in people with dementia, reproduced below.   Issue Two 2014 – Issue #21 Share | Tapping into memory Story by By Vicki Steggall View articles in related topics: Ageing, Neuroscience, […]

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Virtual Worlds and Dementia

  People with dementia are largely locked out of digital life. The irony is that digital technologies are very good at delivering ‘person-centred care’, the best-practice mantra in the offline world. It’s not just about preferences, or customising tool bars; software can be adapted for a range of disabilities: for the hearing and visually impaired, for people missing limbs. […]

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Games in the corridors of a nursing home…really ?

Much of this blog is about web culture, latterly, how personalised apps can be optimised to support people with dementia (this is the subject of my PhD). Games can be a wonderful addition the life in a nursing home environment, but that doesn’t have to mean bingo or blowing bubbles. (See previous my blog entries) […]

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Dementia Journal of Australia, April 2014 (in press)

The Dementia Journal of Australia is helping us collect  data for our ‘Identity and Interests’ survey, which is running live, on-line, until March 31 2014. Please do our survey if you are a person experiencing dementia or are a person supporting them. If you have had family experience of dementia, past or present, please also […]

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Software for people with dementia – Christine Bryden’s 2013 speech resonates.

Christine Bryden’s insight, empathy and fierce intellect has never been more potently combined as she contemplates life in a ‘dementia prison’ (otherwise known as a dementia unit, within a residential aged care facility) as a consequence of her terminal illness. With all good intentions, dementia-care advocates can dilute their message by keeping things nice. Not […]

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Man gives birth to Stars: Scanderia’s alpha release of the game ‘Quark’ This link takes you to a Vimeo video of Quark’s (alpha version). For a profile on this beautiful  game about creating the cosmos and their kickstarter campaign, see http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/scanderia/quark-a-dent-in-the-gaming-universe

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AVED Video

Here’s a short film about my research ‘AVED’, which stands for ‘Applying Virtual environments to Dementia Care’. I wish to acknowledge the support of Swinburne University of Technology, The Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre and Alzheimer’s Australia (Victoria) and the residents and staff of Emmy Monash Aged Care   

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