Personalized reminiscence therapy for patients with Alzheimer's disease using a computerized system

Vardit Sarne-Fleischmann, Noam Tractinsky, Tzvi Dwolatzky, Inbal Rief

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Abstract

We present the development and initial evaluation of a personalized reminiscence program, which was developed specifically for use by patients and their caregivers in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD). The system is part of a collaborative effort assessing the effects on patients with Alzheimer's disease of two non-pharmacological computer-based interventions, namely: personalized reminiscence therapy and cognitive training. Results from a pilot study indicated high satisfaction levels from those using the initial version of the system as well as a strong tendency towards repeated use. There was also a clear preference for using personal relevant material rather than more general subject matter. Subsequently, we have designed and further developed an internet-based system, which will be accessible from any location (such as medical facilities, clubs for the elderly, or the residence of the patient or caregiver). The system enables independent use and administration for both patients and caregivers. We are currently conducting a large scale randomized controlled study to further evaluate the effects of this system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication4th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2011
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Print)9781450307727
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2011
Event4th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2011 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece
Duration: 25 May 201127 May 2011

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series

Conference

Conference4th ACM International Conference on PErvasive Technologies Related to Assistive Environments, PETRA 2011
Country/TerritoryGreece
CityHeraklion, Crete
Period25/05/1127/05/11

Keywords

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Computerized cognitive training
  • Dementia
  • Human computer interaction
  • Multimedia
  • Rehabilitation engineering
  • Reminiscence therapy
  • User-centered design

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