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Recreating living experiences from past memories through virtual worlds for people with dementia

Siriaraya, Panote and Ang, Chee Siang (2014) Recreating living experiences from past memories through virtual worlds for people with dementia. In: Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems . ACM, New York, USA, pp. 3977-3986. ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1. (doi:10.1145/2556288.2557035) (KAR id:41738)

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Abstract

This paper describes a study aimed to understand the use of 3D virtual world (VW) technology to support life engagement for people with dementia in long-term care. Three versions of VW prototypes (reminiscence room, virtual tour and gardening) utilising gestured-base interaction were developed iteratively. These prototypes were tested with older residents (80+) with dementia in care homes and their caregivers. Data collection was based on observations of how the residents and care staff interacted collaboratively with the VW. We discussed in depth the use of VWs in stimulating past memories and how this technology could help enhance their sense of self through various means. We also highlighted key approaches in designing VWs to sustain attention, create ludic experiences and facilitate interaction for older people with dementia.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/2556288.2557035
Uncontrolled keywords: virtual world technology, dementia
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Faculties > Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts > Digital Media
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41738 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1109-9689
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