Using ICT in activities for people with dementia
How can ICTs help?
Everyone can benefit from ICTs at some level. It all depends on how you do it.
At first glance, ICT and dementia are not an obvious match as:
- dementia involves memory or communication difficulties, which may make many ICTs hard to use
- some people with dementia may also have problems with their sight or hearing, or difficulty using their hands, which can also make using ICTs difficult
- people with dementia are generally older and may be unfamiliar with, or even scared of, some kinds of technology.
Although all these points are true, none of them should stop you using ICTs in activities with people with dementia. Everyone can benefit from ICTs at some level. It all depends on how you use them.
ICT in action: Using the internet to find familiar images
We have a woman at the day centre who is quite confused and has difficulty communicating. We knew she was in the Women’s Royal Air Force (WRAF). We used Google Images to find pictures of WRAF uniforms; she recognised the one she used to wear. Then we found airbases where she had worked. We even found a picture of her husband and his Royal Air Force (RAF) crew. When he came in and we showed it to him, he had not even known it existed. You just could not do this kind of thing without access to the internet.