People with dementia are active on social media platforms. For this reason, researchers recruiting participants for their studies on the development, testing or evaluation of psychosocial technological interventions should consider advertising the study details on different social media platforms.
Explanation and Examples:
Devices using information and communication technology (ICT) are increasingly being used by older people, including people with dementia. We conducted an online survey with 143 people with dementia to explore if and how they use social media. Results from the survey revealed that more than half of the participants actively use social media. More people with young-onset dementia were active on social media, though a large proportion of people with dementia who were 65 years and older were actively using social media too. In addition, a large proportion of the participants themselves were recruited through Twitter and Facebook. Our results suggest that people with dementia can be reached through social media, which is of relevance for researchers looking to recruit participants for the development, testing or evaluation of psychosocial technological interventions.Read more >