Eldertainment or functional necessity? How virtual agents affect the home lives of people with dementia using the Quality of Life (QOL-AD) scale

Michiel de Jong*, Marike Hettinga, Vera Stara, Vanessa Evers, Jamy Jue Li

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    Abstract

    A large literature evaluates how virtual agents impact the lives of people with dementia using perceptions of technol- ogy. We assess how a home virtual agent from “Living Well with Anne” impacts the quality of life of elderly with de- mentia rather than only their perceptions of the technology. Assessing impact on life alongside technology perception is pertinent given the importance of a person’s perceived qual- ity of daily home life and that positive technology perception does not always lead to actual use. We propose an approach to evaluate assistive technology for elderly people with de- mentia by assessing impact on life using semi-structured interviews and the QOL-AD scale. A preliminary proof-of- concept study tests whether perceptions of a virtual agent, actual use of the agent and participants’ quality of life are related, and whether a virtual agent improves quality of life.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUbiComp/ISWC '19 Adjunct Adjunct Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing and Proceedings of the 2019 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers
    Pages41-44
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-6869-8
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    EventACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2019 - QEII Centre, London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 9 Sep 201913 Sep 2019
    https://ubicomp.org/ubicomp2019/

    Conference

    ConferenceACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, UbiComp 2019
    Abbreviated titleUbiComp 2019
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    CityLondon
    Period9/09/1913/09/19
    OtherCollocated with the ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC'19)
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