Technology for dementia patients

How should we make use of technology in caring for persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s? SINTEF is currently working on several pilot projects that are examining how technology can best be used by the health services and dementia patients.

Technology, services and organizations must be looked at as a whole. For example, when people with dementia are being tracked via GPS devices, who will follow up on the tracking process? Is a patient who has been fitted out with a GPS system sufficiently safe in traffic to be allowed to share the road with vehicles?

The scientists are also working on ways of helping such people to find lost objects with the aid of a mobile phone and RFID chips, and on projects that aim to improve the quality of life of dementia patients and their families.