Alzheimer’s Society is today (04 November 2013) calling on providers, academics and leaders from social care, health and housing as well as users of assistive technology to take joint action on creating a dementia-friendly technology charter, laying out commitments needed for industry to gear their services to meet the needs of people with dementia. During a recent Prime Minister’s Dementia Champion Group for Dementia-friendly Communities meeting, industry leaders in assistive technology began to explore how technology can improve the lives of people living with dementia. This led to the formation of a new task and finish group that will work inclusively to develop the charter.
The charter will draw on findings from the joint report Dementia-friendly technology: Delivering the National Dementia Challenge, developed by Alzheimer’s Society and Tunstall Healthcare. The new task and finish group will explore identified themes from the preliminary report, including: developing a range of practical steps that can be taken by government, technology providers, health and care services and third sector organisations to maximise the benefits of dementia-friendly technology. The new group will meet in November to identify and build on good practice before producing a dementia-friendly technology charter in 2014.
Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive at Alzheimer’s Society, commented: ‘The Prime Minister’s Dementia Champion Group aims to bring together experts and leaders across sectors to improve the lives of people with dementia. Technology can be invaluable in helping people with dementia remain independent and carry on living their lives as independently as possible. This group has the potential to influence and improve care and support given to people with the condition, but all technology providers need to consider the needs of people with dementia when developing products, to improve their everyday lives.’
Alison Rogan, External Affairs Director at Tunstall Healthcare and chair of the newly formed task and finish group, said: ‘We look forward to rising to the challenge by working inclusively with stakeholders, including people living with dementia, to explore how the future of enabling technology can be best shaped to increase the independence and wellbeing of individuals with dementia, as well as their carers and families.’
For more information on how to join the task and finish group or input into its work, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested parties can also join the Dementia-friendly Technology Group on LinkedIn http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Dementiafriendly-Technology-Group-6528287
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