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Computational and Mathematical Methods in Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 1075191, 10 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/1075191
Research Article

Use and Adoption of an Assisted Cognition System to Support Therapies for People with Dementia

1Industrial Engineering Department, Universidad de Sonora, 83200 Hermosillo, SON, Mexico
2School of Engineering, UABC, 21100 Mexicali, BC, Mexico
3Department of Computer Science, CICESE, 22860 Ensenada, BC, Mexico

Received 20 February 2016; Revised 11 July 2016; Accepted 1 August 2016

Academic Editor: Pietro Cipresso

Copyright © 2016 René F. Navarro et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The cognitive deficits in persons with dementia (PwD) can produce significant functional impairment from early stages. Although memory decline is most prominent, impairments in attention, orientation, language, reasoning, and executive functioning are also common. Dementia is also characterized by changes in personality and behavioral functioning that can be very challenging for caregivers and patients. This paper presents results on the use and adoption of an assisted cognition system to support occupational therapy to address psychological and behavioral symptoms of dementia. During 16 weeks, we conducted an in situ evaluation with two caregiver-PwD dyads to assess the adoption and effectiveness of the system to ameliorate challenging behaviors and reducing caregiver burden. Evaluation results indicate that intervention personalization and a touch-based interface encouraged the adoption of the system, helping reduce challenging behaviors in PwD and caregiver burden.