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Exploring Boundaries to the Benefits of Lifelogging for Identity Maintenance for People with Dementia


Paulina Piasek, Kate Irving, Alan Smeaton

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Refereed Original Article
In the absence of a medical cure for some forms of memory loss caused by dementia, new technologies specialised in pervasive image recording are being incorporated into practical interventions. Lifelogging is the digital capture of life experiences typically using mobile devices such as SenseCam. This lightweight wearable digital camera passively captures up to 3,000 images a day. Lifelogging results in personal, recent visual prompts, potentially encouraging the sharing of personal memories. The authors' research investigated the incorporation of lifelogging technology into a therapeutic approach to support people with dementia by using the case study method, an exploratory and descriptive approach. SenseCam therapy aimed to stimulate the cognition of a person with dementia, with maintenance of their personal identity as its primary goal. There is limited literature on practical recommendations on how to use lifelogging devices and their effect on people with dementia. The results from the authors' research indicate a number of factors that should be considered when using lifelogging technology with people with dementia. This paper explores the boundaries to the benefits of using lifelogging technology for identity maintenance in dementia. Implications of not working within these boundaries show clear potential for risk of undermining the human rights and potentially the wellbeing of people with dementia.
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Date Accepted for Publication: 
Monday, 6 July, 2015
Publication Date: 
International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)
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Dublin City University (DCU)
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