The ENABLE project was concerned with development and adaptation
of technological products which people with dementia (e.g. Alzheimer's
disease) can use to carry out daily tasks which they previously
were unable to do, due to the dementia disease. The selected products
fall into three categories:
- devices to support memory (time orientation, taking medicines
- devices to provide pleasure and comfort (multimedia programmes)
- devices to facilitate communication (pre-programmable telephone)
People with dementia have tested the products up
to one year, and effects of using them was studied through interviews
with the users and their carers. Mitigation or solving problems
for people with dementia, enhanced self-esteem and well-being as
well as costs and benefits at individual and society level were recorded and analysed.
Ethical issues were addressed. Methodology for assessment of
effects was developed as part of the project. The methodology
provided a basis for outlining the protocol for the intervention
trial with technological products. It included a set of methods
and tools related to assessment of health condition, body structure
and function, personal factors (personality, attitudes, education
etc.) as well as environmental factors (home environment, level
of care services).
Qualities of the products as well as other factors of importance
for the observed effects were examined.