We have recently taken part in important new research into the use of 21st century technology as an aid to people living with dementia. The majority of our homes across the city now have dementia units, created specifically for residents with dementia.

And some of those residents took part in vital new research into how using popular but simple games like Solitaire and Bubble Xplode on an iPad can help provide stimulation as well as entertainment.

The InTouch project was led by the Centre for Assistive Technology and Connected Healthcare (CATCH) at the University of Sheffield.

The research found that 80 per cent of participants attempted to play a game on the iPad independently on at least one occasion and that more than 90 per cent reported having enjoyed playing their game in at least one of their gameplay sessions.

And it concluded that touchscreen tablets can offer meaningful and engaging activities for people with dementia to play independently, providing that the selection of apps is appropriate for the individual.

“At Sheffcare we are always looking at new ways to make life more enjoyable for our residents who live with dementia,” said Sheffcare Chief Executive Belinda Black.

“We were delighted to be invited to take part in this important piece of research by CATCH and were particularly pleased with the positive outcome.

“Our residents certainly enjoyed taking part and it proves that 21st century technologies can be used and enjoyed by people of all ages and all abilities.

“All Sheffcare staff know the importance of maintaining levels of activity and interest for our dementia residents and the use of iPads and tablet technology is certainly something that we will be looking to encourage in the future.”

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