Innovative assistive technologies in dementia care between hopes and disillusion. A critical reflection based on the Tech@home experience in Sweden

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Global dementia rates will more than triple by 2050, thus challenging
society. Due to ageing in place policies, informal caregiving is increasing as
more people with dementia continue living at home despite significant care
needs. While most caregivers are willing to act as such, they are not
always adequately supported, thus reporting a high burden, worse mental
and physical health. Innovative Assistive Technologies (IAT) have been
proposed as a means to support them. While much research has been
funded in this area and companies are developing and promoting such
solutions, little empirical research has been conducted to evaluate the
effectiveness of implementing new IAT from a broader societal view. This
symposium presents findings from the Tech@Home study in Sweden, but
adopts a broader perspective for reflecting upon the general challenges of
implementing new IAT in the homes of people with dementia.
The first presentation will focus on what is known from the literature
presenting the results of a systematic review looking at acceptance and
adherence to IAT in dementia. The second presentation addresses the
qualitative results of a study of the experiences of people with dementia
and their informal caregivers participating in an IAT-based home
intervention. As sensors in the home have the potential to generate large
amounts of data, the third presentation focusses on methodological
implications related to using such (big) data. We will use temperature
sensors as an example to explore strategies to link sensor data to health
status and draw meaningful predictions of health outcomes. The fourth
presentation will present findings from Tech@Home in terms of clinical
outcomes. In conclusion, thanks to two external discussants, the
symposium will discuss most relevant challenges of conducting research
with IAT solutions in the homes of people with dementia, and on how both
internal and external validity of research findings could be ensured in this


External organisations
  • Linnaeus University
  • Italian National Research Centre on Ageing (INRCA)
  • Istituto Superiore di Sanità
  • European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Health Care Service and Management, Health Policy and Services and Health Economy
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2019 May
Publication categoryResearch
EventThe International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019 (IAGG-ER) - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 2019 May 232019 May 25


ConferenceThe International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics European Region Congress 2019 (IAGG-ER)