A multi-disciplinary study aimed at assisting older adults with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia using tablet technology has commenced.
The project, led by the Flinders Digital Health Research Centre, was granted seed funding last year.
A simple, intuitive tablet-based application is under development, and the project team is currently recruiting for participants to trial the application.
People over the age of 65 who are having difficulties remembering people, appointments or tasks are invited to participate in the pilot study, which will commence in September this year and continue over a 12-week period.
The study will see participants provided with an iPad and training to access a variety of functions delivered by the application. These include creating appointments using an inbuilt calendar, making phone calls using an image-based contact list and undertaking daily ‘brain training’ activities.
The study aims to:
- examine the feasibility of a tablet-based application to assist people living with mild cognitive impairment or early-stage dementia
- develop and test a customisable, tablet-based software platform to deliver intervention
- investigate the adoption of the application and its long-term usage
- investigate the value of the application’s ‘brain training’ intervention activities