Human-Centered Computing

Department of Computer Science

Research Projects

Memento

Project: Clines

Memento is a locative smartwatch application for caregivers practicing spontaneous reminiscence therapy with people suffering from dementia. Reminiscence therapy can enhance the sense of identity of a person with dementia by activating competences from their past through conversations. We all have “triggers” – objects, people, events – that resurrect memories and remind us who we are, and what we know. Caregivers with multiple people in their care have difficulty remembering specific memory triggers for each individual while engaging in casual conversations with them. Memento overcomes this problem by connecting proximate triggers to nearby residents and subtly displaying relevant stories on the caregiver’s smartwatch. This information helps the caregiver engage in meaningful conversations on topics dear to the resident. A field study, involving a care home resident with dementia, Ester, demonstrated how Memento successfully instilled confidence during everyday activities, by helping her remember past competencies through situated conversations with a caregiver.Memento is a locative smartwatch application for caregivers practicing spontaneous reminiscence therapy with people suffering from dementia. Reminiscence therapy can enhance the sense of identity of a person with dementia by activating competences from their past through conversations. We all have “triggers” – objects, people, events – that resurrect memories and remind us who we are, and what we know. Caregivers with multiple people in their care have difficulty remembering specific memory triggers for each individual while engaging in casual conversations with them. Memento overcomes this problem by connecting proximate triggers to nearby residents and subtly displaying relevant stories on the caregiver’s smartwatch. This information helps the caregiver engage in meaningful conversations on topics dear to the resident. A field study, involving a care home resident with dementia, Ester, demonstrated how Memento successfully instilled confidence during everyday activities, by helping her remember past competencies through situated conversations with a caregiver.