Acceptance and adoption of Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) technology into everyday life for people with early onset dementia

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Germany Germany German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases – DZNE

Early Stage Researcher (ESR4)

ESR4: photo of Simone Felding

Simone Felding

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Prof. Martina Roes

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Nete Schwennesen

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As an Early Stage Researcher in DISTINCT I will observe how a social robot interacts with people with dementia living in nursing homes, which is linked to how social robots are implemented in long-term care.

I come from a background in cultural anthropology from the Department of Anthropology, University of Copenhagen (BSc, MSc) including a semester at the University of Iceland in Reykjavík.

Throughout my studies, I have been interested in the anthropology of health. While being a Master of Science student I developed a research interest in dementia. In my previous employments as a Research Assistant at the University of Copenhagen, I have looked at life with dementia at nursing homes, the complicated relations between people with dementia, their relatives and care staff, and the implementation of technologies aimed at improving life with dementia. I look forward to expanding my knowledge and learning more about these topics.

Start date October 2019
Duration 36 months


Little research has addressed the acceptance and adoption of AAL technologies into everyday life for people with early onset dementia (under 65). This study will characterise the implementation processes from the perspective of the user and will be conducted as a qualitative longitudinal, ethnographic study across Europe. This includes a literature review of relevant elements of micro implementation processes linked to the experience of usefulness and successful incorporation of AAL technology as well as qualitative interviews and observations while using AAL technology over a period of 9 month.

Expected Results

Insights into the understanding of the use and utilization of AAL technology and their impact on social interaction, participation and the role of the family (caregiver) and a better understanding of requirements of AAL technology to fit well into habitual practices, routines and cultures how to generate positive emotions; being user-friendly, adaptable and manageable; and engage carers.

Planned secondment(s)

Two of 3 months each. The first in year one with AE to develop the longitudinal case study and to gain better understanding of dementia activities for people with dementia and lay persons. The 2nd secondment with Silverfit an industry partner to gain better understanding of AAL technology.