Abstract

Innovative technologies are rapidly emerging that offer caregivers the support and means to assist older adults with cognitive impairment to continue living "at home." Technology research and development efforts applied to older adults with dementia invoke special grant and institutional review board concerns, to ensure not only safe but also ethically appropriate interventions. Evidence is emerging, however, that tensions are growing between innovators and reviewers. Reviewers with anti-technology biases are in a position to stifle needed innovation. Technology developers who fail to understand the clinical and caregiving aspects of dementia may design applications that are not in alignment with users' capabilities. To bridge this divide, we offer an analysis of the ethical issues surrounding home monitoring, a model framework, and ethical guidelines for technology research and development for persons with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers.


Type

Journal Article

Volume

3

Date

Jul 2007

Creators

Mahoney, Diane F. (Author)
Purtilo, Ruth B. (Author)
Webbe, Frank M. (Author)
Alwan, Majd (Author)
Bharucha, Ashok J. (Author)
Adlam, Tim D. (Author)
Jimison, Holly B. (Author)
Turner, Beverly (Author)
Becker, S. Ann (Author)
Working Group on Technology of the Alzheimer's Association (Author)

Issue

3

DOI
10.1016/j.jalz.2007.04.388


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