Lessons Learned from Participatory Design with and for People with Dementia
Julia M. Mayer, New Jersey Institute of Technology, USA
Jelena Zach, University of the Arts Berlin, Germany
Time: Thu 15:30 - 18:00 | Session: Demos and Posters Session | Location: Demos and Posters Area

In this paper we describe challenges and lessons learned from developing a mobile touch screen based assistive tool for people with dementia. We focus not on features of the tool but the general participatory design process that was applied. Insights presented are gained from interviews, focus groups and observations. We found that projecting problems on imaginary characters and using simple games specifically customized for people with dementia ease the process of eliciting user needs and realistic prototypes allow design evaluations with people with dementia early on.

MobileHCI 2013 Proceedings in the ACM Digital Library.

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