Knowing and supporting adults with cognitive impairment as users of technology

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The purpose of the research in this theme is to generate new knowledge of the conditions for technology use in adults living and ageing with cognitive impairment of different origin and severity (MCI, dementia, developmental disorders, ABI)  in relation to the demands that technology put on users.

Eventually these studies will provide new, generic, knowledge of the interplay between users of technology in different environments/contexts and how this may influence their participation, lifestyle and health. A database has been created, holding data on the ability of people with and without cognitive impairment to use everyday technology. Longitudinal studies as well as studies in other countries, and intervention studies are included. The research also includes a pilot application of emerging guidelines for how competent use of new and former known technology could be systematically supported in people with MCI and people with mild AD (Malinowsky’s project). The project also includes studies of eHealth technologies and studies performed in collaboration with the memory clinic in Mölndahl/Sahlgrenska Academy.

Leader

Louise Nygård together with Camilla Malinowsky, and Anders Kottorp (Malmö University)

Members

At KI: Lena Rosenberg, Anna Brorsson, Annika Öhman, Ann-Helen Patomella, Ove Almkvist, Stockholm University/KI, and earlier Charlotta Ryd och Monica Hällgren, Brittmari Uppgard, Cecilia Bråkenhielm Olsson, Mandana Fallahpour och Annicka Hedman. Occupational therapy students in the programme.

Outside of KI: Professor Rumi Tanemura’s research team at Kobe University, Japan; Manuela Ferreira in Portugal; Torhild Holte in Norway; Tina Helle & her co-workers in Denmark; Meryl Lovarini in Australia; Anders Wallin and co-workers, Sahlgrenska Academy; Maria Larsson-Lund, LTU.

PhD-students

Elin Pettersson, Sarah Wallcook, Sophie Gaber (see also INDUCT at KI)

Funders

FORTE, Swedish Research Council (VR), EU Marie Slodowska Curie ETN.

Earlier also Swedish Brainpower (SBP), Nationella Forskarskolan i Vård (NFV), Strategiska Forskningsområdet Vård (SFO-V), Stockholm County Council (ALF).

Also, see the following projects on CACTUS’ webpage: INDUCT at KI.