Can Technology-Based Social Memory Aids Improve Social Engagement? Perceptions of a Novel Memory Aid for Persons With Memory Concerns

Brenna L Horn, Elizabeth A. Albers, Lauren L Mitchell, Eric Jutkowitz, Jessica M. Finlay, Ashley Millenbah, Gregory J. Seifert, Daniel S. Hedin, Matthew J. Knutson, Kevin M. Kramer, Jude P. Mikal

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Abstract

Social withdrawal and isolation are frequently experienced among people with cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease related dementias. Few assistive technologies exist to support persons with memory concerns’ (PWMC) continuing social engagement. This study aimed to understand PWMC and family caregivers’ initial perspectives on the feasibility and utility of a wearable technology-based social memory aid. We recruited 20 dyads, presented the memory aid, and conducted semi-structured interviews from June to August 2020 over Zoom video conferencing. Interviews were transcribed and analyzed using thematic analysis. Overall, participants anticipated the technology could reduce socializing-related stress now and in the future for both members of the care dyad. However, certain features of the memory aid (e.g., visitors must have the app), could limit utility, and participants provided recommendations to enhance the tool. Our findings will inform future technology-enabled social memory aid development for PWMC and family caregivers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Applied Gerontology
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2022

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by the National Institute on Aging [grant number R44AG063683].

Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s) 2022.

Keywords

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • assistive technology
  • caregiving
  • dementia
  • qualitative
  • social engagement

PubMed: MeSH publication types

  • Journal Article

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