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2010 Grants - Favela
Offering Situational Awareness from Activity Estimation and Social Networks
Jesus Favela, Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education of Ensenada
2010 Everyday Technologies for Alzheimer's Care
Social networking systems allow individuals with common interests and activities to connect and interact with one another using services, such as Facebook and Twitter. Researchers are now considering such technology as a potential for helping individuals with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.
Jesus Favela, Ph.D., has proposed to create a social networking system (SNS) that will enable people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers to better manage daily activities and communication. Using sensors on a mobile phone, the technology allows the caregivers to be aware of their loved one's activity through status updates on the SNS. Caregivers can use the technology to communicate with their loved one, display his or her daily schedule, know the location and identity of others involved in an activity, and provide assistance if the person with Alzheimer's becomes disoriented.
Interviews and focus groups will be conducted with close family members to gather information to be used by the decision theoretic reasoning algorithm. A working prototype will be developed and evaluated with three people with Alzheimer's and their families for at least two months. A log of the use of the system will be collected and the data analyzed. Interviews with the participants will be conducted and analyzed to understand the benefits and limitations of the intervention and provide insights for an improved solution and recommendations for caregivers.