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Smart technology for dementia sufferers

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by jenniferpa, Nov 24, 2007.

  1. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    said Registered User

    Jul 4, 2006
    643
    London
    very interesting

    thanks for that
     
  3. DeborahBlythe

    DeborahBlythe Registered User

    Dec 1, 2006
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    Fascinating article, Jennifer.
    At the risk of sounding Ludditie and olde fogeyishe, who is going to remember to set all those devices? I have trouble setting a video timer, (yes, I still cleave to videos!) And as for turning the cooker off and on, well I have an automatic device for that too, but it's too fiddly to get to grips with. How would the device know when to turn the cooker off I wonder? Can they smell fear and confusion? Perhaps they can smell burning baked beans. Machines are only as clever as the people who programme them I was told once.

    Oh, I DO sound olde fogeyishe:). Set me straight, someone.:D
     
  4. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,578
    Kent
    Thanks for that Deborah. I don`t feel quite as useless now.

    I read the article and found it a technophile`s dream, but wondered just how practical it would really be.

    To make it appliable, I imagine it would need to be programmed and supervised from a central control tower.

    Another job for India perhaps. :rolleyes:
     
  5. jenniferpa

    jenniferpa Volunteer Moderator

    Jun 27, 2006
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    You'll note I said it was interesting, not that I think it will work! The disembodied voice warning system for example - that was an absolute disaster for my mother: distressing, confusing, upsetting. Also, of course, a lot of people who go awandering don't take kindly to an actual person pointing out the fact that it's the middle of the night - will they immediately take notice of a voice? It seems to me that the systems will only work if yoi are dealing with someone who is cooperative and biddable, and all I can say to tht is: HA!
     
  6. Grannie G

    Grannie G Volunteer Moderator

    Apr 3, 2006
    69,578
    Kent
    It would be interesting to know if any consultation took place prior to these developments.
     

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