Implementation of AAL technology addressing communication and its impact on the underlying link between technology and the psychosocial effect of dementia on communication

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Germany Germany German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases – DZNE

Early Stage Researcher (ESR15)

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Kübra Beliz Budak

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Prof. Martina Roes

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My name is Kübra Beliz Budak and I’m a Psychologist by training. I am interested in implementation processes of Active Assistive Living (AAL) technology to enhance psychosocial well-being of people with dementia. As an ESR initially I’ll be studying the gap between psychosocial well-being interventions and the possibilities of delivering these with AAL devices. AAL despite new, is a popular help tool when it comes to people with dementia.

My degree work was mainly concerned with cancer patients with depression and whether psychosocial interventions would benefit them. Throughout my degree, I have worked with patients with chronic illnesses and their psychological treatments. I’ve also worked in user experience field, aiming to make websites easier to use by different populations.

Providing proper care for people with dementia is a growing problem throughout the world. Now with the DISTINCT project, I will be able to combine my experience and training to study this problem.

Start date October 2019
Duration 36 months


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To analyse implementation strategies of AAL technology across Europe with a focus on technical communication assistance systems which can serve in two instances: (a) as a resource of expert knowledge for the person with dementia, family caregivers and professionals, and (b) as an expert system that suggests interventions on the basis of active input of information on the patient and data on environmental factors. A survey across Europe will identify implementation strategies (including which technologies are implemented); facilitators and barriers across care settings (focus on long-term care facilities). A Delphi Process in 3 English-speaking countries will characterize relationships among implementation strategies and assess feasibility and importance. Three focus groups in one country with people with dementia and family carers will offer a better understanding of acceptance and adoption of AAL technology for communication.

Expected Results

An enhanced understanding about the link between technology and the psychosocial effect of dementia on communication, and how it can contribute to empowering approaches of communication. An implementation framework that allows a tailored implementation strategy for long-term care facilities. Details about the underlying link between technology and the psychosocial effect of dementia on communication different providers (home care, adult day care, nursing homes etc.) who actively use AAL technology addressing communication for the person with dementia, family caregiver and/or professionals.

Planned secondment(s)

Two for 3 months each. The first at AE to develop the international survey and to gain a better understanding of dementia activities for lay persons and professional care facilities. The secondment with a Silverfit to look at AAL technology addressing communication as a resource of expert knowledge for the person with dementia, family caregivers and professionals or an expert system that suggests interventions.



  1. Budak, KB., Atefi, G., Hoel, V., Laporte Uribe, F., Meiland F., Teupen S., et al. (2021). Can technology impact loneliness in dementia? A scoping review on the role of assistive technologies in delivering psychosocial interventions in long-term care. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. (2021) 1-13. doi:10.1080/17483107.2021.1984594.


  1. Budak, KB., Teupen, S., & Roes, M. (2022, 17-19 October). Main findings of the DISTINCT projects on technology to promote social health [Symposium presentation]. 32nd Alzheimer Europe Conference. Bucharest, Romania.
  2. Felding, S.A.*, Koh, W.Q., Teupen, S., Budak, K.B., Laporte-Uribe, F. & Roes, M. (2021, 29 November-1 December). “At first, “At first, I thought it makes no sense. But then I began to like him” – Results from a scoping review on acceptance of social robots in nursing homes [Quick oral presentation]. 31st Alzheimer Europe Conference. Virtual, Utrecht, The Netherlands (*presenting author)