The goal of this project is to reduce front-line caregiver distress by substituting disruptive behavior with active and meaningful activities, distractions and appropriate interventions. It is hoped that this approach will slow the physical and cognitive deterioration associated with aging in general, and with conditions such as dementia and mild cognitive impairment in particular.
1. Examine the challenges of engaging people with dementia.
2. Create an application that provides meaningful interactive activities in order to modify the behavior of subjects with dementia, without requiring the continuous involvement of caregivers.
3. Develop methods to train caregivers to effectively introduce interactive activities to those diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.