Fratina Boatman, Matthew Golden, Jennifer Jin, Yedarm Kim, Sidney Law, Annabel Lu, Natasha Merriam, Stuart Zola
BACKGROUND: There is growing evidence that assistive digital technology can enhance quality of life (QOL) for individuals with various forms of cognitive impairment, including dementia.
OBJECTIVE: Assess whether the use of a visual mapping software program to manage activities of daily living would have a positive impact on QOL scores and on cognitive scores in a group of dementia residents in an adult living community.
METHODS: We compared quality-of-life scores and cognitive function scores before and after using the assistive technology for three months.
CONCLUSIONS: In addition to the positive findings in QOL and cognition, assistive technologies applied to dementia care are easy to access, easy to use, have little risk of side effects, and are relatively low in cost.