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Pilot evaluation of the effectiveness and feasibility of a personalised multimedia interface device for aged care residents with dementia and agitated behaviour

Prof Daniel O'Connor, Professor Yun-Hee Jeon, Dr Tanya Davison
Research Centre DCRC Assessment and Better Care
Partner Institution Monash University
Project Description

Research has indicated that personalised music, recreational activities and videotapes are effective in improving symptoms of mood and behavioural disturbance. However, the cognitive deficits of people with dementia mean they typically have difficulty accessing personalised material (e.g., on tablets or DVD players) independently.

We have designed and field tested an innovative device specifically for people with dementia, which enables them to easily access music, photographs, audio-visual personal messages and movies of choice. The device can be customised for varying stages of dementia from mild to severe, as the illness progresses.

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