[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 2, September 2011].
This annual report describes the wide range of government-funded projects supporting the development, introduction and evaluation of assistive technologies. Contents of this report include sections covering:
- The policy context.
- The dementia challenge for AT research.
- Delivering telecare and telehealth at scale.
- Supporting the adoption of assistive technology.
- Switched on – broadening access to digital services.
- Extending telehealth for active communities.
- Providing access through cutting edge technologies.
- Technology to support emotional well-being.
- Managing cognitive disability and dementia.
- Rehabilitation and re-ablement.
- Exercise and mobility.
- Evaluation programmes and projects.
- Maximising the impact from research.
- Annex A: Complete listing of AT research and development activity 2010-11.
Assistive technologies such as telecare and telehealth are appear to offer some hope for the future, particularly for people with dementia, as a means of avoiding substantial and intrusive levels of personal care. The dementia strategies for England and Scotland highlighted the potential contributions of telecare, which could help people with dementia live at home safely for longer, and provide reassurance and backup carers. In January 2011 the NIHR called for research on dementia across areas of prevention, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and the management of dementia care.
A section in this report about the “dementia challenge for AT research” examines the views and contributions of Nada Savitch (Innovations in Dementia), Dr Arlene Astell (St Andrews University), and Dr Hazel Boyd (The Bath Institute of Medical Engineering, BIME).
The section in this report about “managing cognitive disability and dementia” summarises work on a number of research projects, including:
- AIM Automated Intention Monitoring Project: a randomised controlled trial of a new technique for improving organisational abilities in people with acquired brain injury.
- SomnIA: optimising quality of sleep among older people in the community and care homes: an integrated approach.
- MPVS: Mobile Phone-based Video Streaming system in providing home-support for patients with early Alzheimer’s disease.
- Getting Equipped to Tackle Forgetfulness.
Research and development work relating to assistive technology 2010-11: Presented to Parliament pursuant to Section 22 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970. London: Department of Health, July 2011.
Annex A provides a complete list of AT research and development work in the field of dementia, with updates on:
- ALADDIN: A technology pLatform for the Assisted living of Dementia elDerly INdividuals and their carers. Read more information on FAST website.
- Assisted Living Technologies for Older People at Home: creating a knowledge base for businesses and commissioners about falls and dementia patients (ALTS). Read more information on FAST website.
- CCE: Connected Care for Elderly persons suffering from dementia. Read more information on FAST website.
- Getting Equipped to Tackle Forgetfulness. Read more information on FAST website.
- Health Hub: user-centred design, development and integration with the built environment. Read more information on FAST website.
- inTouch: A video link system to improve social inclusion for people with dementia. Read more information on FAST website.
- MATCH: Mobilising Advanced Technologies for Care at Home. Read more information on FAST website.
- NOCTURNAL: Night Optimised Care Technology for UserRs Needing Assisted Lifestyles. Read more information on FAST website.
- SHIELD: Support at Home Interventions to Enhance Life in Dementia: home treatment programme. Read more information on FAST website.
- Supporting Safe Walking for People with Dementia. Read more information on FAST website.