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Title: Technological Solutions for Older People with Alzheimer's Disease: Review
Authors: Maresova, Petra
Tomsone, Signe
Lameski, Petre 
Madureira, Joana
Mendes, Ana
Zdravevski, Eftim 
Chorbev, Ivan 
Trajkovik, Vladimir 
Ellen, Moriah
Rodile, Kasper
Issue Date: 27-Apr-2018
Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
Journal: Current Alzheimer Research
Abstract: In the nineties, numerous studies began to highlight the problem of the increasing number of people with Alzheimer's disease in developed countries, especially in the context of demographic progress. At the same time, the 21st century is typical of the development of advanced technologies that penetrate all areas of human life. Digital devices, sensors, and intelligent applications are tools that can help seniors and allow better communication and control of their caregivers. The aim of the paper is to provide an up-to-date summary of the use of technological solutions for improving health and safety for people with Alzheimer's disease. Firstly, the problems and needs of senior citizens with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and their caregivers are specified. Secondly, a scoping review is performed regarding the technological solutions suggested to assist this specific group of patients. Works obtained from the following libraries used in this scoping review: Web of Science, PubMed, Springer, ACM and IEEE Xplore. Four independent reviewers screened the identified records and selected relevant articles which were published in the period from 2007 to 2018. A total of 6,705 publications were selected. In all, 128 full papers were screened. Results obtained from the relevant studies were furthermore divided into the following categories according to the type and use of technologies: devices, processing, and activity recognition. The leading technological solution in the category of devices are wearables and ambient non-invasive sensors. The introduction and utilization of these technologies however brings about challenges in acceptability, durability, ease of use, communication, and power requirements. Furthermore, in needs to be pointed out that these technological solutions should be based on open standards.
DOI: 10.2174/1567205015666180427124547
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering: Journal Articles

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