Dementia is considered one of the major challenges of modern industrial society. Health innovations are urgently needed to prevent the onset of dementia, delay the progression of the disease and reduce the burden on patients, caregivers and relatives. In the wake of digitalization, technical assistance systems are gaining importance in the care of people with dementia, but the development of new devices often neglects the target group of dementia patients themselves.
This jeopardizes the use of the technology due to a lack of benefit and acceptance of the devices and low user-friendliness. Although the willingness to involve patients, caregivers and relatives in health-related research has increased internationally in recent decades, there are currently still few research approaches that address patient involvement in dementia research.
During this conference, leading international experts in the field of dementia research will present the current state of methods and applications of participation in the development of technical innovations for people with dementia. The aim of the interdisciplinary event is to develop a methodological framework and an initial process plan for the development and implementation of peer research methods in future dementia-related research and technology projects.