17. The Role of Assistive Technology in the Care of People with Dementia

  1. Hugo de Waal MD, FRCPsych, FHEA3,
  2. Constantine Lyketsos MD, MHS4,
  3. David Ames BA, MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP5 and
  4. John O'Brien BA, BM BCh, MA, FRCPsych, MD6
  1. June Andrews1 and
  2. Louise Robinson2

Published Online: 7 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118378663.ch17

Designing and Delivering Dementia Services

Designing and Delivering Dementia Services

How to Cite

Andrews, J. and Robinson, L. (2013) The Role of Assistive Technology in the Care of People with Dementia, in Designing and Delivering Dementia Services (eds H. de Waal, C. Lyketsos, D. Ames and J. O'Brien), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118378663.ch17

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Lead Consultant, Norfolk Dementia Care Academy, Norwich, UK

  2. 4

    Associate Postgraduate Dean, East of England Deanery, Cambridge, UK

  3. 5

    Elizabeth Plank Althouse Professor, Director of the Johns Hopkins Memory and Alzheimer's Treatment Center, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Maryland, USA

  4. 6

    Director, National Ageing Research Institute, University of Melbourne Professor of Ageing and Health, Victoria, Australia

Author Information

  1. 1

    School of Applied Social Science, University of Stirling, UK

  2. 2

    Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781119953494

Online ISBN: 9781118378663



  • assistive technology;
  • carers;
  • dementia;
  • telecare;
  • telehealth


Assistive, or enabling, technologies provide one possible solution to promote autonomy and independence for older people but in many countries they are still underutilised in routine care. The term ‘assistive technology’ is often assumed to refer only to sophisticated equipment that uses electronic information and communication technology. However, in reality the term can refer to quite simple devices. This chapter will use examples of research and innovation in the provision of assistive technology in dementia care from the United Kingdom (UK), but we hope that these will be helpful to our international readers. In terms of disseminating information about assistive technology, a great deal has been done in the UK to help professionals and families discover the range of devices currently available and a list of useful resources and websites is included in the chapter.