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Designing for dementia: A human-centred approach


Published: March 14, 2018   

Long-term care residents with dementia commonly exhibit behaviours that range from restlessness and agitation to verbal and physical aggression. The McMaster Institute for Research on Aging (MIRA), together with the Gilbrea Centre for Studies in Aging and the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare, are presenting a seminar on March 20 highlighting one team’s unique approach to managing these types of behaviours.

Speakers Andrea Wilkinson and Mark Chignell from the University of Toronto, along with Judy O’Neill from Grandview Lodge, and Marc Kanik, President and Managing Director of Keebee Play, will discuss and demonstrate “ABBY: a technology-based approach to managing responsive behaviours among people living with dementia in long-term care homes.”

Their presentation will focus on the human-centred tactics incorporated into their research, which include:

  • Understanding the challenges faced by the long-term care sector;
  • The importance of designing for the remaining strengths and abilities of individuals with dementia;
  • Their iterative design process and prototyping;
  • Research evaluation conducted in six long-term care homes; and
  • Key findings.

Liz Hassan, from the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Gavin Andrews from the Department of Health Aging & Society, will act as McMaster discussants.

The seminar will be held Tuesday, March 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in MDCL 3020. For more information, visit or email Registration is not required. All are welcome.



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