In this course, participants will be introduced to different types of technology or environmental modifications that support function in people with dementia. As many older adults suffer from issues related to vision, Dr. Carrie Ciro outlines the most common low vision diagnoses, presentation and supports for improving function. In a section focused on activities of daily living, participants will explore a variety of low and high tech options that can be incorporated into task-oriented training. Specific to memory support, a variety of stationary and mobile devices to support function are highlighted. Finally, Dr. Ciro provides a framework for training people with dementia how to use assistive technology within a task-oriented program using motor learning structure.
Dr. Carrie Ciro is an Assistant Professor of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She has over 20 years of clinical experience working with adults/older adults in a variety of settings, including skilled nursing, home health and hospital care. Additionally, she has 14 years of academic experience teaching introductory-level curriculum to occupational and physical therapists. Her current research focuses on examining an intervention to improve activities of daily living for people with dementia called Skill-building through Task-Oriented Motor Practice, or STOMP. Dr. Ciro received her PhD from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Preventative Medicine and Community Health. Not only does she have experience teaching students, she has written multiple publications relating to dementia.
In the first chapter of this course, Dr. Carrie Ciro introduces assistive technology and its application to older adults. She demonstrates how to recognize low vision diagnoses and impact on function. Participants will review select examples of low and high-tech devices that can be incorporated into treatment sessions.
Dr. Carrie Ciro classifies low and high-tech assistive technology that can support activities of daily living for people with dementia. Participants will learn to differentiate appropriate equipment recommendations based on patient strengths and impairments.
This chapter describes the differences between stationary aids and mobile memory aids, as well as the pros and cons for each. Participants will learn to identify appropriate adaptations for priority goals such as scheduling and finding lost items.
The final chapter of this course names barriers to using assistive technology and provides suggestions for overcoming barriers to assistive technology. Participants will learn to employ training strategies for teaching people with dementia how to incorporate assistive technology into daily activities.