The Digital Strand will focus on the use of digital technology within the context of establishing a dementia friendly community. This will include the direct use of digital technologies by project members and assessing the role that digital technology can play in self-supporting people living with dementia. In addition to this, we will look to establish a framework for the role that digital technology can play in supporting the implementation of dementia-inclusive communities.
Through a series of digital workshops, a wide-ranging digital ‘audit’ and ongoing user-led assessments of available technologies, we have identified the following initial goals to work towards.
Establish the role that digital technology can play in self-supporting people living with dementia, as well as their families and carers.
Establish the role that digital technology can play in supporting the implementation of dementia-friendly communities. This should include technology skills and resources that help to underpin the long-term financial sustainability of communities (for example, how technology can be used in a social enterprise model).
Facilitate knowledge exchange with sister programmes and Life Changes Trust-funded Dementia Friendly Communities across Scotland.
Assess appropriate user-testing protocols to better understand the online usability ‘journey’ experienced by people living with dementia.
Develop an adaptable ‘plug and play’ framework for digital integration that works at both an individual and community level.
Develop a user-curated knowledgebase of learning resources to support digital skills training and promote digital inclusion.
Build a suite of evidence-based web development resources that addresses specific accessibility issues highlighted by the project. This will be linked to existing best practice.
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