Skip to main content

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

Siriaraya, Panote, Ang, Chee Siang (2014) Recreating living experiences from past memories through virtual worlds for people with dementia. In: CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computer Systems . pp. 3977-3986. ACM, New York, USA ISBN 978-1-4503-2473-1. (doi:10.1145/2556288.2557035) (KAR id:41738)

PDF Author's Accepted Manuscript
Language: English
Download (1MB) Preview
[thumbnail of virtual worlds.pdf]
This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.
Request an accessible format
Official URL


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: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1145/2556288.2557035
Uncontrolled keywords: virtual world technology, dementia
Subjects: T Technology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Engineering and Digital Arts
Depositing User: Tina Thompson
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2014 15:34 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2021 14:46 UTC
Resource URI: (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Ang, Chee Siang:
  • Depositors only (login required):


Downloads per month over past year