Empowerment and surveillance for people with dementia
|University College London||United Kingdom|
Early Stage Researcher (ESR1)
Prof. Paul Higgs
Dr. Georgina Charlesworth
Hello I am Yvette Vermeer from the Netherlands. As an intern at the University of Alberta in Canada, I have gained research experience in the areas of healthcare, aging, and assistive technologies. I have graduated in Management, Economics and Consumer Studies (MSc.) at Wageningen University. My research interests cover dementia, family carers, technology, products and design, consumer behaviour and empowerment.
Furthermore, I have a bachelor in Commerce and worked in home care. Withal, I am truly enthusiastic to be working for INDUCT that contributes to the usability of technology in dementia care, and to see that my work can mean something to others.
|Start date||September 2016|
ESR1 will examine the nature of the surveillance technologies in use with people with dementia having different levels of cognitive impairment and investigate the assumptions lying behind them. This will include a review of common surveillance technologies used across Europe, and in depth consultations with experts, staff, family carers and people with dementia in 3 countries. In addition, qualitative interviews will be conducted with people with dementia who are subject to surveillance technology, and their family carers to elicit their views and attitudes and any associated stigma. Surveillance technology has been developed to enable carers and institutions to monitor older people with dementia particularly those with challenging behaviours. Such technology often reduces the cared for person to a configuration of risky or dangerous behaviours. These are judged often without recourse to context or consequence.
The project will provide a detailed review of characteristics of available surveillance technology in relation to concerns of experts, family carers and people with dementia. An in depth analysis of people with dementias experiences of surveillance technology will illustrate how far it impacts on everyday life, sense of autonomy and stigma.
Two of 3 months each with both including data collection. At the end of the first year to Karolinska Institute, Sweden to understand better characteristics of everyday technology and the concepts and interactions of people with dementia. In the second year with Alzheimer’s Europe to better understand the concerns and experiences of people with dementia.
Vermeer, Y (2017, July) – Dementia and the design of surveillance technology. In P. Higgs (symposium lead) Dementia and the new technologies. Symposium conducted at The British Society of Gerontology 46th Annual Conference, Swansea, UK – http://www.swansea.ac.uk/
Vermeer, Y (2018, May) – Online shopping and surveillance safety. Digital Health and Well-being conference. Symposium conducted at The Open University in Milton Keynes, UK –
Vermeer, Y (2018, May) – Surveillance technologies: poor categories and old designs. International Society of Gerontechnology (ISG) Conference. Symposium organised by Simon Fraser University held in Florida – USA
Vermeer, Y (2018, May) – A protocol tool to test surveillance technologies: input from people with dementia is essential. Alzheimer Society – London, UK
Vermeer, Y (2018, July) – Power and surveillance technology: What people with dementia and carers needs versus what technology providers provide In P. Higgs (symposium lead) Technology for dementia: Issues of power and identity. Symposium conducted at The British Society of Gerontology 47th Annual Conference, Manchester, UK Https://app.oxfordabstracts.
Yvette Vermeer blog – Dementia Research & Reality – https://vermeeresearchingdementia.wordpress.com/
ACT Project blog – Spotlight on Technology and Dementia Research – http://actproject.ca/spotlight-on-technology-and-dementia-research/
Alzheimer Europe newsletter March 2017 – INDUCT project 1 is researching surveillance technology and empowerment – http://www.alzheimer-europe.org/News/EU-projects/Tuesday-21-March-2017-INDUCT-project-1-is-researching-surveillance-technology-and-empowerment
INDUCT newsletter Spring 2017 – Research can be empowering! – https://www.dementiainduct.eu/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/INDUCT-newsletter-Spring-2017.pdf – page 5
INDUCT newsletter Spring 2018 – First UCL-SURP meeting with research advisors was a success –https://www.dementiainduct.eu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/INDUCT-newsletter-Spring-2018.pdf
UCL- Division of Psychiatry newsletter, Winter 2018
Alzheimer Europe newsletter August 2018 – INDUCT reports on preliminary findings of surveillance and empowerment study https://www.alzheimer-europe.org/News/EU-projects/Tuesday-21-August-2018-INDUCT-reports-on-preliminary-findings-of-surveillance-and-empowerment-study
Alzheimer Nederland website May 2018 – New GPS expert https://dementie.nl/nieuws/
Alzheimer Nederland website June 2018 – Questions and tips from the GPS expert https://dementie.nl/vragen-en-
Alzheimer Nederland website July 2018 – Whats the difference between GPS and navigation? https://dementie.nl/vvdw-wat-
Alzheimer Nederland website July 2018 – Tips for using GPS https://dementie.nl/bewegen/
Alzheimer Nederland website July 2018 – GPS for people with dementia who can become lost https://dementie.nl/bewegen/
Alzheimer Nederland website July 2018 –Tips for choosing a GPS https://dementie.nl/