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31 March 2010

New technology ‘unlocks’ memories of people with dementia

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People with dementia can be helped to communicate more effectively by unlocking their memories, thanks to innovative technology that has been designed by experts at top British universities

Two systems are the product of ten years’ meticulous academic research by teams at the Universities of St Andrews and Dundee. Sanctuary Care, one of the leading care home providers in the UK, was a key partner in the development of the products launched by Dementia Life.

The Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid (CIRCA) system helps people with dementia by presenting a range of carefully selected media to allow them and their carer to communicate more effectively as they share memories that would usually remain ‘locked’ away.

The Living in the Moment (LIM) system offers engaging, interactive activities that encourage skill and creativity. To ensure that the activities were designed to meet their needs, people diagnosed with dementia were involved in developing the activities at every step of the process.


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