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

Implementation of technology in dementia care: facilitators & barriers


Ensure new technology is compatible with a range of relevant platforms to promote implementation.

Explanation and examples

Findings from the feasibility trial showed that people with dementia use a range of devices with various software versions (e.g. smartphones, touch-screen tablets, and personal computers) to access apps and other services. New technology which aims to be compatible with these different devices, can lead to increased uptake and may contribute to successful implementation.

Type of evidence

Harleen Rai (INDUCT ESR5)

Results from a feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT).


Rai, H. K., Schneider, J., & Orrell, M. (2021). An Individual Cognitive Stimulation Therapy App for People with Dementia and Carers: Results from a Feasibility Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT). Clinical interventions in aging, 16, 2079–2094.

Rai H. K., Prasetya V. G. H., Sani T. P., et al. (2021). Exploring the feasibility of an individual cognitive stimulation therapy application and related technology for use by people with dementia and carers in Indonesia: A mixed-method study.Dementia.