Designing for the third hand: Empowering older adults with cognitive impairments through creating and sharing

Amanda Lazar, Raymundo Cornejo, Caroline Edasis, Anne Marie Piper

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41 Scopus citations

Abstract

Cognitive impairment is sometimes viewed as a deficit limiting an individual's ability to participate fully in society. Art therapy, in contrast, is a context in which older adults with cognitive impairments (e.g., dementia, aphasia) are positioned as capable, competent, and engaged through the act of creating and sharing artwork. We draw on the concept of the "Third Hand," a practice in art therapy in which the therapist attunes to and enables the desires of the client during interaction. We use this concept to understand how to empower creative work and sharing among older adults with cognitive impairments. We introduce an interactive frame prototype to explore new opportunities for sharing and supporting interaction between these older adults and their therapist. We conclude with a discussion of what designing for the Third Hand means to HCI, including how this metaphor provides a model of empathy and empowerment in design for this population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationDIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Subtitle of host publicationFuse
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages1047-1058
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781450340311
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 4 2016
Event11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016 - Brisbane, Australia
Duration: Jun 4 2016Jun 8 2016

Publication series

NameDIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse

Other

Other11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016
Country/TerritoryAustralia
CityBrisbane
Period6/4/166/8/16

Keywords

  • Art therapy
  • Design
  • Empathy
  • Empowerment
  • Older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software

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