Journal of Gerontological Nursing

Technology Innovations 

Evidence Supporting Technology-Based Interventions for People with Early-Stage Alzheimer’s Disease

Linda L. Buettner, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FGSA; Fang Yu, PhD, GNP-BC, RN; Sandra C. Burgener, PhD, APRN-BC, FAAN

Abstract

Innovative uses of technology offer many exciting possibilities for better care and improved quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. This article provides empirical evidence through a systematic review of 10 studies involving technological advances. Although the studies reported have a small number of participants, the early results are positive. We believe the use of technology has the potential to save health care costs, ease caregiver stress, and help people with dementia live better, safer, and more fulfilling lives.

Abstract

Innovative uses of technology offer many exciting possibilities for better care and improved quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their families. This article provides empirical evidence through a systematic review of 10 studies involving technological advances. Although the studies reported have a small number of participants, the early results are positive. We believe the use of technology has the potential to save health care costs, ease caregiver stress, and help people with dementia live better, safer, and more fulfilling lives.

Dr. Buettner is Professor, Recreational Therapy and Gerontology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Yu is Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dr. Burgener is Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Nursing, University of Illinois, Urbana Campus, Urbana, Illinois.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

The Dementia Day Camp Research Group, consisting of Drs. Beattie, Buckwalter, Buettner, Burgener, Bossen, Fitzsimmons, Fick, Kolanowski, Specht, Richeson, and Testad, collaboratively worked on the Consensus Report: Review of Scientific Evidence Addressing Prevalence, Documented Needs, and Interdisciplinary Research: Persons in Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease for the Alzheimer’s Association under the leadership of Dr. Burgener. This article was taken from the larger review, which can be found online at http://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_papers_and_presentations.asp.

Address correspondence to Linda L. Buettner, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FGSA, Professor, Recreational Therapy and Gerontology, RTH/Health and Human Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 420 HHP Building, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170; e-mail: LLBUETTN@uncg.edu.

Posted Online: September 22, 2010

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Authors

Dr. Buettner is Professor, Recreational Therapy and Gerontology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, North Carolina, Dr. Yu is Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota, School of Nursing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Dr. Burgener is Associate Professor, Department of Biobehavioral Health Nursing, University of Illinois, Urbana Campus, Urbana, Illinois.

The authors disclose that they have no significant financial interests in any product or class of products discussed directly or indirectly in this activity, including research support.

The Dementia Day Camp Research Group, consisting of Drs. Beattie, Buckwalter, Buettner, Burgener, Bossen, Fitzsimmons, Fick, Kolanowski, Specht, Richeson, and Testad, collaboratively worked on the Consensus Report: Review of Scientific Evidence Addressing Prevalence, Documented Needs, and Interdisciplinary Research: Persons in Early Stage Alzheimer’s Disease for the Alzheimer’s Association under the leadership of Dr. Burgener. This article was taken from the larger review, which can be found online at http://www.alz.org/professionals_and_researchers_papers_and_presentations.asp.

Address correspondence to Linda L. Buettner, PhD, LRT, CTRS, FGSA, Professor, Recreational Therapy and Gerontology, RTH/Health and Human Performance, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, 420 HHP Building, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170; e-mail: .LLBUETTN@uncg.edu

10.3928/00989134-20100831-01

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