Most of the 5.4 million people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia (AD) are noninstitutionalized, receiving care by unpaid family caregivers and medically managed by a primary care provider (PCP). Health Information Technology has been recognized for its potential in improving efficiency and quality of AD care and support for AD caregivers. Simultaneously, smartphone technologies have become an increasingly common way to deliver physical and behavioral health care. However, little is known about how smartphone technologies have been used to support AD caregiving and care. This article highlights the current need for smartphone-based interventions for AD and systematically identified and appraised current smartphone apps targeting and available for AD caregivers. Findings indicate that individual available apps have limited functions (compared with the complex needs of caregivers) and little has been done to extend AD caregiving apps to Hispanic populations. Implications for research, practice, and policy are discussed.
SOURCE: Brown E, Ruggiano N, and Li J. “Smartphone-Based Health Technologies for Dementia Care: Opportunities, Challenges, and Current Practices.” Journal of Applied Gerontology, August 4, 2017.
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