Social Media Research Involving Dementia Revving Up (in Norway)

September 20, 2011
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Sign of the times: social media’s use in increasing interaction among patients with dementia. A researcher, part of a team, is busy at work on a web-based app based upon Facebook for utilization among cognitively impaired elders. She states:

“We have already carried out some practical testing of other web-based communications systems. Among other things, we have tested a “digital diary” and a “scrapbook” containing personal photos, newspaper cuttings and information found online.”

Sign of the times: social media’s use in increasing interaction among patients with dementia. A researcher, part of a team, is busy at work on a web-based app based upon Facebook for utilization among cognitively impaired elders. She states:

“We have already carried out some practical testing of other web-based communications systems. Among other things, we have tested a “digital diary” and a “scrapbook” containing personal photos, newspaper cuttings and information found online.”

What is both curious and puzzling at the same time regarding this research is that it is being conducted in Norway, of all places. Why not here in the good ol’ U.S. of A? Innovation of this type began and germinated here. Social media’s global function of “keeping one in the loop”, including the elderly, can not be understated in its potential in non-pharmacologic dementia research. Here’s to hoping it gains ground on these shores.

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