Ultimately, IN-LIFE will be an open, cloud- based, reference architecture to be tested in six Europe-wide pilots in Greece, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the UK, with over 1,200 older people with cognitive impairments, 600 formal and informal caregivers, and 60 other stakeholders.
Sheffield is focusing on communication, social interactions and leisure. We know that dementia presents as a decline in short term memory which leaves a relatively intact long term memory until much later through the course of the condition, therefore preserving older memories better than newer ones. Participation with social activities and interactions with others depend primarily on an intact short term memory as this plays a vital role in human communication. In our pilot, we will be using an existing software application: Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid (CIRCA), with large quantities of participants to test the efficacy. CIRCA is an innovatively designed interactive software application comprising generic digital media including video, music and photographs. Previous evaluations of CIRCA have established a number of benefits for both the person living with dementia and those in supporting roles, formal or informal.
The IN-LIFE project will end in January 2018 by which time all six pilot sites will have had the opportunity to host workshops and events for every project partner. The Sheffield event in December 2015 was a great success and these regular meetings are essential in the successful collaboration of such large studies across multiple disciplines, sites and countries.
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