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We can do IT too

One of the first projects we did was a joint project witWe can do IT too book coverh Housing21 that introduced computers and the internet as part of the activities programmes in two of their day centres (see below).

As part of that project, Nada presented some workshops around the different ways that people with dementia can interact with computers. She met Verity Stokes, who is a speech and language therapist.

They realised they had a shared passion for helping people with dementia to get the most out of IT. They have put together all their experiences to create a practical book called ‘We can do IT too’.
This practical guide for care staff and volunteers covers

  • Recording people’s lives – digital life story books; diary
  • Making things – calendars; photo albums; reminders
  • Helping with conversations – word finding; topics
  • Communicating with friends (email; Skype, social
    networking/discussion forums)
  • Helping with planning – personal planning; care plans; using services.

You can order your copy from Speechmark publishing. Go to their website at: www.speechmark.net

July 2011


Mylife

AAL logo  - co funded by European CommissionMylife is a new technology service under development for people with
dementia. Mylife uses internet-based services and applications but simplifies how you use them.

The Mylife system presents these technologies through an easy-to-use touch screen interface.
The system will include:

  • a personal calendar
  • photo albums
  • music.

The Mylife service has been developed in Norway by a small technology company called Karde AS.

We are part of a European project along with Housing21 and Trent Dementia Services Development Centre. There are also other partners in Norway and Germany.

We will be working with people with dementia and their carers to test the system to make sure that it works well for people with dementia in the UK.

May 2011


AT Guide:
Information about assistive technology for people with dementia

The full version of the AT Guide is now available online. Your can get to it from the atdementia.org.uk website - www.atdementia.org.uk

The AT Guide works by asking people are series of questions about their lives and their concerns around living independently. The website then provides a report which contains tips, advice and ideas for products that might help. The report can be easily printed and taken away.

We worked with people with dementia who told us:

  • The headings on the existing ATdementia site are confusing – and a series of questions is easier to understand
  • The language that is used in the questions is very important.
  • The images should illustrate a question – not be distracting or
    confusing.
  • Tips and advice from people with dementia are as important as
    information about gadgets.

March 2012


Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness – top tips guide launched

Getting Equpped to Tackle Forgetfulness - front coverWe joined up with the Foundation for Assistive Technology (FAST) and Trent Dementia Services Development Centre to produce this free booklet.

The guide reflects the real experiences, views and voices of people with dementia, their family and friends, who were involved in its development. Their insights helped us to ensure that the booklet is honest, practical and easy to understand
We especially want to thank the staff and people with dementia who are part of telecare services at Selwood Housing in Trowbridge.

Please distribute this booklet to anyone who may be interested

The booklet is ony available to download as a PDF document
Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness (6MB)

Please feel free to get the booklet professionally printed, please download these high resolution versions
Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness - for print (15MB)
Getting equipped to tackle forgetfulness - for print (no crops) (15MB)

March 2011


People with dementia and computers – a successful project completed

In November 2007, Innovations in Dementia and Dementia Voice-Housing 21 received funding from the NESTA Mental Health Innovation challenge to run a project around computer use.

Two projects were run at day centres in London and Manchester. We trained and supported care staff to increase their skills and confidence with everyday software such as PowerPoint, Word and Internet Explorer. The project ended in December 2008, and has shown that people with dementia can engage in computer work at many different
levels.

The computers were used in activities such as reminiscence and art, and for making records of activities such as outings and parties.
People with dementia and staff had fun:

  • creating artwork,
  • searching the internet and using YouTube to find their favourite songs,
  • creating presentations in PowerPoint about their lives or activities at the day centre,
  • and using Word to create cards for friends and relatives.

The project found that the skills and sensitivity of staff are the most important factor in encouraging people with dementia to use computers.

People with dementia using a Kensington mouseSwitched on Communities - using different computer technologies

Innovations in Dementia is part of an interesting project called Switched on Communities.

The project is run by a charity called AbilityNet. AbilityNet provides information and advice about how to make computers easier to use for people with any sort of disability.People with dementia learning to use a hand held mouse

You can find out more about AbilityNet at www.abilitynet.org.uk or you can telephone them on 0800 269545.

Different equipment for different people
The Switched on Communities project allowed us to let people with dementia try out different types of equipment. We worked with people at the Tresham Housing21 day centre in Westminster and the computer club at the Hounslow branch of the Alzheimer’s Society.

People are surprised about the choice of equipment that is available.

December 2009


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