Best Practice Guidance
Human Interaction with Technology in Dementia


Implementation of technology in dementia care: facilitators & barriers

Successful implementation of technology in dementia care depends not merely on its effectiveness but also on other facilitating or impeding factors related to e.g. the personal living environment (privacy, autonomy and obtrusiveness); the outside world (stigma and human contact); design (personalisability, affordability and safety), and ethics on these subjects.  This section provides recommendations on the implementation of technology in everyday life, for meaningful activities, healthcare technology and technology promoting Social Health.
Technology for meaningful activities

Ensure the support from the management of care organisations to promote successful implementation of exergaming


Employees of care organisations should be supported by the management in their responsibility for Exergaming as a new activity. Managers should be actively engaged in Exergaming and be kept updated on any developments with regard to Exergaming (i.e. positive experiences of people with dementia practising Exergaming, any potential issues with the activity).

Explanation and examples

We have asked day-care centres for people living with dementia, which factors played a role in successful implementation of Exergaming. The staff of these day-care centres sometimes did not feel supported by the management in supervising and implementing the Exergaming activity. This made it less likely for them to implement it.

Type of evidence

Joeke van der Molen (INDUCT ESR7)

Preliminary results of the process analysis


Joeke van Santen, Rose-Marie Dröes, Marian Schoone, Olivier A. Blanson Henkemans, Judith E. Bosmans, Sjef van Bommel, Esther Hakvoort, Ronald Valk, Carla Scholten, Joris Wiersinga, Marjolein Smit, Franka Meiland (2019). FACTSHEET Exergaming for people living with dementia: can you move along? Recommendations to promote successful implementation [in Dutch: FACTSHEET Exergaming voor mensen met dementie: beweeg je mee? Adviezen ter bevordering van succesvolle implementatie].

Van Santen J., Dröes, R.M., Blanson Henkemans, O.A., Schoone,, M., van Straten, A., Valk. R., Meiland F.J. A mixed-methods study into the implementation of exergaming for people living with dementia who attend day-care centres. (Submitted)

See also

Ensure multiple employees are responsible for exergaming to ensure successful implementation of this technology