A Critical Lens on Dementia and Design in HCI

Amanda Lazar, Caroline Edasis, Anne Marie Piper Hazelrig

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Designing new technologies with and for individuals with dementia is a growing topic of interest within HCI. Yet, predominant societal views contribute to the positioning of individuals with dementia as deficient and declining, and treat technology as filling a gap left by impairment. We present the perspective of critical dementia as a way of reflecting on these views in the context of recent epistemological shifts in HCI. In addition to articulating how HCI can leverage the perspective of critical dementia, we present a case analysis of technology design in art therapy involving people with dementia aimed at challenging conventional narratives. This paper calls attention to and helps solidify an agenda for how the CHI community approaches dementia, design, and technology.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCHI '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-1450346559
StatePublished - 2017


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