Dementia and Technology
Technology in dementia: Innovating or isolating?
The number of people living with dementia worldwide is forecast to grow from 50 to 130 million by 2050. There are currently no disease modifying treatments available and dementia poses an enormous challenge for society. Could technology provide solutions? Technological approaches have been suggested to help diagnosis and assessment, assist independent living, compensate for some memory and functional difficulties, and provide safe and effective care.
But is this a reality – or has the potential for technology been overstated? What is the current evidence for using assistive technology for dementia, and what are the ethical issues? Is there a risk that technology could replace much-needed human contact, leading to increased isolation?
Join the public discussion
Join the public discussion in Mental Health Question Time on Monday 29th October as we bring together, in collaboration with the Economic and Social Research Council, a diverse international panel of clinicians, carers, engineers, and sociologists to discuss the potential for technology to transform dementia care.
Niall Boyce, Lancet Psychiatry
Nick Tyler, University College London
Gillian Harrison, Alzheimer’s Society Research Network
Helen Kales, University of Michigan
Rohan Bhome, University College London
Laura Gitlin, Johns Hopkins University
Rob Howard, University College London
Free tickets can be booked here and the event will be live streamed on YouTube. You can follow the discussion and join the conversation on Twitter at #MHQT.
How to find the venue
LT1, Cruciform Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
Cruciform LT1 is in the basement. Enter the building. Go straight ahead to the main staircase and walk down to the basement. Turn right at the bottom of the stairs. Go through the left door at the end of the corridor. The room is the third door on the right.
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