enable – Can Technology Help People With Dementia?

  • Dementia affects nearly 6 million people in Europe, and the number is increasing. Many people with mild to moderate dementia want to live at home and manage daily tasks themselves. However, their ability to maintain relationships or to handle different tasks and activities deteriorates progressively and reduces their quality of life. Even people with mild dementia experience frequent failures. This can lead to worries and depression, and in turn to poorer functioning than otherwise could be possible.
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Funded by the European Commission under the Programme Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources.
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Summary: The objectives of ENABLE were:  

  • Develop a test series of products that aim to enable the person with dementia to keep him/herself occupied with activities which give pleasure, support memory or facilitate communication, and to validate products that are commercially available.
  • Develop a methodology for assessment and analysis of effects of products aimed to enable people with dementia living in their own home.
  • Develop an approach towards cost/benefit analysis and make preliminary estimations based on the experience of users and carers.
  • Examine whether such products can enable people with dementia and support their wellbeing by giving positive experiences, reducing worries and unrest, and reducing the burden on carers.
  • Disseminate knowledge to people with dementia, their carers and organisations as well as to health and social care service systems and industry about the potential of enabling products.
  • Make an overview of problems and needs which each of the products aim to solve or reduce both for the person with dementia, for their carers and for society.

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