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      Making software accessible to people with severe memory deficits

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      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005 (AD)

      Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference

      23-25 August 2005

      Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, working memory, short-term memory, multimedia, hypermedia

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          Abstract

          Good interface design must take into account limits on the users’ short-term memory. With conditions such as dementia, the working (short-term) memory can be so impaired as to be virtually non-operative. This present a significant challenge in designing interactive systems for people with this condition. If the difficulties can be overcome, however, such systems offer the possibility of improving the communication abilities of people with dementia, and eventually providing them with satisfying activities that can carry out unaided. We report on a project that has developed a hypermedia based reminiscence aid for older people with dementia, which been designed to be usable by people with short-term memory deficits. The system has proved remarkably effective in supporting the communication of people with dementia.

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                Contributors
                Conference
                August 2005
                August 2005
                : 1-7
                Affiliations
                Division of Applied Computing, University of Dundee, DD1 4HN, Scotland
                School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, KY16 9JU, Scotland
                Department of Computer-Aided Design

                Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Dundee, DD1 4HT, Scotland
                Article
                10.14236/ewic/AD2005.16
                © Norman Alm et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005, Dundee, Scotland

                This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

                Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference 2005
                AD
                Dundee, Scotland
                23-25 August 2005
                Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
                Accessible Design in the Digital World Conference
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                Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
                Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
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                Electronic Workshops in Computing

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