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.
Health care technologies

Accessibility to technology should be ensured for all people with dementia

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Cognitive rehabilitation technology should be accessible physically and in terms of cost, taking into account the mobility problems and the low income of many older people with dementia. To increase the accessibility of technology it is necessary to deliver it at low cost or promote the financing of licenses for people with dementia.


Programs for cognitive rehabilitation for people with dementia may be inaccessible due to high costs or difficulty getting access to the location that provides the program because of mobility issues. Technology associated with cognitive rehabilitation or stimulation should be accessible to all those who could benefit from it. Technologies for cognitive rehabilitation should be accessible at home, especially in people living in rural areas or with mobility problems who are not able to travel to a center to perform cognitive rehabilitation.

Type of evidence

Angie Alejandra Diaz (INDUCT ESR15)

RCT Gradior Validation


Fumero Vargas, G., Franco Martin, M.A., Perea Bartolomé, M.V. (2009). Start-up and study of usability of a computer cognitive rehabilitation program “Gradior” in the treatment of neurocognitive deficits (Doctoral thesis), Department of basic psychology, psychobiology and methodology of behavioural sciences, Faculty of psychology, University of Salamanca, Spain.