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Computer Science Research to Support the Residential Care of Older People with Dementia

  • Speaker: Professor Neil Maiden, City University London.
  • Date: Wednesday, 26 November 2014 from 14:00 to 15:00
  • Location: Room 151, Birkbeck Main Building

Caring for older people with dementia has become a strategic national challenge, yet it continues to be afforded low social status, and has high staff turnover and numbers of inexperienced carers. Increasing the quality of care given in such constraining environments has become a pressing issue, and digital technologies have capabilities to support the delivery of increased care quality at reasonable cost. However, there has been little computer science research dedicated to support delivery of this care. In particular, digital technologies can be applied to support person-centred care, a paradigm that seeks an individualised approach and recognises the uniqueness of each resident and understanding the world from the perspective of the person with dementia. This seminar will report recent research that has developed computerised support for two tasks to deliver person-centred care - creativity and reflective learning. It will report the development of new descriptive models of creative thinking and reflection in care that informed technology development, then describe three new software solutions to support creative thinking and reflection learning by carers for people with dementia: (i) technology-based serious games to train care staff in person-centred care techniques; (ii) digital life history apps that provide interactive support for reflective learning and creative thinking about daily resident care, and; (iii) a new mobile app to provide creative support for resolving challenging behaviours. Each app will be presented, and results from evaluations of each in different care settings will be summarised.

Bio: Neil Maiden is Professor of Systems Engineering at City University London. He is and has been a principal and co-investigator on numerous EPSRC- and EU-funded research projects with a total value of £30million. He has published over 160 peer-reviewed papers in academic journals, conferences and workshops proceedings. He was Program Chair for the 12th IEEE International Conference on Requirements Engineering in Kyoto in 2004, and was Editor of the IEEE Software’s Requirements column from 2005 to 2013. Since 2010 he has been leading computing research dedicated to support the residential care of older people with dementia.