Can technology improve medication adherence in older people with dementia?

Najwan El-Saifi*, Wendy Moyle, Cindy Jones, Haitham Tuffaha

*Corresponding author for this work

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Older people with dementia often depend on caregivers to manage their medications. The complexity of medication regimens in this population can impede medication adherence (i.e., taking medications as prescribed), which may compromise the effectiveness of treatment and increase the cost and burden of illness. Different technological devices have been used to improve medication adherence, however, these devices are often not evidence-based or designed with end-user involvement, thereby affecting their acceptability by people living with dementia and their caregivers. This in turn, can influence the effectiveness and uptake of such devices. This study aims to explore the challenges of medication adherence for both older people with dementia and their caregivers to guide the development of future technological solutions that can be effective, practical and sustainable.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmart Homes and Health Telematics, Designing a Better Future
Subtitle of host publicationUrban Assisted Living - 16th International Conference, ICOST 2018, Proceedings
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319945224
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jun 2018
Externally publishedYes
Event16th International Conference on Smart homes, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematics, ICOST 2018 - Singapore, Singapore
Duration: 10 Jul 201812 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume10898 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference16th International Conference on Smart homes, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematics, ICOST 2018
OtherThis year we are organizing the 16th ICOST conference which succeeded in bringing together a community from different continents over more than a decade and a half and raised the awareness of frail and dependent people's quality of life in our societies.

After fifteen very successful conferences held in France (2003), Singapore (2004), Canada (2005), Northern Ireland (2006), Japan (2007), USA (2008), France (2009), Korea (2010), Canada (2011), Italy (2012), Singapore (2013), USA (2014), Switzerland (2015), China (2016) and France (2017), the 16th International Conference on Smart homes, Assistive Technologies and Health Telematics will be hosted in Singapore, from 10th to 12th July 2018. This year the conference is co-located with the World Cities Summit event in Singapore and is considered as an official event of the France Singapore Year of Innovation.

ICOST provides a premier venue for the presentation and discussion of research in the design, development, deployment, and evaluation of Smart Urban Environments, Assistive Technologies, Chronic Disease Management, Coaching and Health Telematics systems. ICOST brings together stakeholders from clinical, academic and industrial perspectives along with end users and family caregivers to explore how to utilize technologies to foster independent living and offer an enhanced quality of life. ICOST 2018 invites participants to present and discuss their experience in design, development, deployment, and evaluation of assistive and telehealth systems, as well as ethical and policy issues. The conference features a dynamic program incorporating a range of technical, clinical and industrial related keynote speakers, oral and poster presentations along with demonstrations and technical exhibits.
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