Fabrice Jotterand, Marcello Ienca, Tenzin Wangmo and Bernice S. Elger
PART I: CURRENT LANDSCAPE
2. Dementia in an Ageing World
Thomas Fritze, Anne Fink and Gabriele Doblhammer
3. Dementia and Neurocognitive Disability
Christophe J. Büla
4. Can Robots, Apps and Other Technologies Meet the Future Global Demands of Dementia?
5. Augmented Reality-Assisted Dementia Care
Mengyu Y. Zhao, Soh K. Ong, and Andrew Y.C. Nee
PART II: PSYCHO-SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS
6. Caring for Older Adults with Dementia: The Potential of Assisted Technology in Reducing Caregiving Burden
7. The Predestined Nature of Assistive Technologies for Dementia
Taro Sugihara, Tsutomu Fujinami and Osamu Moriyama
8. Shaping the Development and Use of Intelligent Assistive Technologies in Dementia: Some Thoughts
PART III: ETHICAL AND REGULATORY CHALLENGES
9. Ethical Concerns About the Use of Assistive Technologies: How to Balance Beneficence, and Respect for Autonomy in the Care of Dementia Patients?
Bernice S. Elger
10. Issues of Informed Consent from Persons with Dementia When Employing Assistive Technologies
Peter Novitzky, Cynthia Chen, Alan F. Smeaton, Renaat Verbruggen and Bert Gordijn
11. Personal Identity, Neuroprosthetics, and Alzheimer's Disease
12. Developing Assistive Technologies for Persons with Alzheimer's Disease and Their Carers: The Ethics of Doing Good, Not Harm
13. Privacy and Security Issues in Intelligent Assistive Technologies for Dementia: The Case of Ambient Assisted Living, Wearables and Service Robotics
Marcello Ienca and Eduard Fosch Villaronga
14. Developing Ethical Web- and Mobile-Based Technologies for Dementia: Challenges and Opportunities
Julie Robillard and Tanya E. Feng
15. Dementia and the Regulation of Gerontechnology
16. Epilogue: Dementia in the Digital Age
Marcello Ienca and Tenzin Wangmo
The financial burden and the level of specialized care required to look after older adults with dementia has reached the point of a public health crisis. Older adults diagnosed and living with the disorder reached 35.6 million worldwide in 2010 and is expected to increase to 135.5 million in 2050, with costs soaring to $1.1 trillion.
In the face of the increasing burden this disorder poses to health care systems and the management of this patient population, intelligent assistive technologies (IATs) represent a remarkable and promising strategy to meet the need of persons suffering from dementia. These technologies aim at helping individuals compensate for specific physical and cognitive deficits, and maintain a higher level of independence at home and in everyday activities. However, the rapid development and widespread implementation of these technologies are not without associated challenges at multiple levels.
An international and multidisciplinary group of authors provide future-oriented and in-depth analysis of IATs...