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SuMin Nam

New York, New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Research Bibliography, Dementia

    Well-being, Communication Design


    1. Hodges, John R. Early-onset Dementia: A multidisciplinary approach. New York, NY: Oxford university press, 2001. : This book demonstrates dementia with case definitions, sampling methods, statistical methods, and frequency of early onset dementia. Within that, it deals with prevalence rates, incidence rates, risk factors. Also, touches on dementia in young adults.

    2. Miesen, Bere M.L. Dementia in close-up: understanding and care for people with dementia. New York, NY: Routledge, 1999. : It introduces dementia in its process, what does dementia involve, safety and how to working with persons with dementia, how to care and how to notice dementia.

    3. Miller, Edgar, and Robin Morris. The Psychology of dementia. New York, NY: John Wiley and Sons LTD, 1993. : This explains how does brain functions and effects, assessment, and the management of dementia. Also, psychologicial aspects of dementia and suggests future directions

    4.Kitwood, Tom. Dementia Reconsidered: the person comes first. Philadelphia, PA: Open university press, 1997. : This book suggests how to behave and act with persons with dementia, and how we should treat them in persons.

    5. Guendouzi, Jacquelie, and Nicole Muller. Approachs to discoure in dementia. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Elbaum Associte Inc., 2006. : Demonstrates diagonostic features of dementia, other types language and communication in dementia. Also, suggests the repetitiveness in conversation with dementia.

    6. Killick, John, and Kate Allan. Communicationan the care of people with dmetia. Philadelphia, PA: Open university press, 2001. : It illustrates how to conversate with people with dementia by making contact, developing the interaction, ending, and writing.

    7. Clark, Patricia A., Shandra S. Tucke, and Carol J. Whitlatch. "Consisency of information from persons with dementia. An analysis of differenes by question type." Health and Wellness Resource Center 7 (2008).

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    Hi Sumin, Nice bibliography. I am very interested in the question of how products can be used to help people with dementia to continue functioning as independently as possible. There is quite a bit of work going on right now to develop home monitoring system that can silently watch a person to try to determine if something is wrong and if they need help. For example, a system of cameras might be used to track a person's position in their apartment. If they do something unexpected, like stay in the bathroom for four hours, the system will place a call to a family member of other caretaker, who can then try to find out if there is a problem. While this is an expensive system, the alternative of having a full-time nurse, or placing the person in a nursing home are much more expensive. So, there is a strong economic incentive to make things that really work. Also, almost everybody would prefer to live in their own home, independently, rather than move to some institution or have a stranger live with them.

    Another interesting product idea for helping deal with the increasing rates of dementia (due to the aging population) is people getting lost. I have seen signs that people put up on bus stops to alert people that someone they know has gotten lost and may need help. Some work has been done in this area, where people who are risk are "tagged" in some way to make it easier for people to find or help them if they get in trouble. Take a look at this article for more information on tagging, and [this one[( that discusses what to do when someone does get lost. Steven

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