A technology roadmap of assistive technologies for dementia care in Japan

Taro Sugihara, Tsutomu Fujinami, Robert Phaal, Yasuo Ikawa

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The number of elderly people in Japan is growing, which raises the issue of dementia, as the probability of becoming cognitively impaired increases with age. There is an increasing need for caregivers, who are well-trained, experienced and can pay special attention to the needs of people with dementia. Technology can play an important role in helping such people and their caregivers. A lack of mutual understanding between caregivers and researchers regarding the appropriate uses of assistive technologies is another problem. A vision of person-centred care based on the use of information and communication technology to maintain residents’ autonomy and continuity in their lives is presented. Based on this vision, a roadmap and a list of challenges to realizing assistive technologies have been developed. The roadmap facilitates mutual understanding between caregivers and researchers, resulting in appropriate technologies to enhance the quality of life of people with dementia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-103
Number of pages24
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 19 2015


  • Assistive technology
  • Dementia care
  • Person-centred care
  • Roadmap
  • Technology
  • Technology forecasting

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)


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