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Research Grants 2005


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2005 Grant - Webbe

PocketPC Technology to Promote Quality of Life for Alzheimer Patients and Caregivers

Frank M. Webbe, Ph.D.
Florida Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Florida

2005 Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care

Many people with Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia wish to remain independent for as along as possible. However, routine activities can soon become overwhelmingly difficult if there is not sufficient support in the home. While residential care provides added comfort and safety for people with dementia, and peace of mind for their families, it remains a second choice for many families.

Frank M. Webbe, Ph.D., and colleagues will devise technology for hand-held computers, or PocketPCs, that may help bridge the gap between independent living and assisted-care facilities. This "PocketBuddy" technology will be used to help both people with dementia and their immediate caregivers. It will issue reminders and require responses from caregivers about specific tasks, and it will record behavioral and psychological changes noted by caregivers or family members. A companion password-protected WebBuddy will provide a means to share this information over the internet with health professionals, family and friends.

Development of the PocketBuddy and WebBuddy will take place over three years and will enlist the help of computer scientists, information researchers and community volunteers. Its usefulness will be tested in the community once participants in the program have been trained in its use.