Posted on
May 15, 2024

Equitably Developing & Implementing Technologies with Persons Living with Dementia and Caregivers

In a recent webinar hosted by the Penn AI and Technology Collaboratory for Healthy Aging, funded by the National Institute on Aging, Dr. Ab Brody of New York University shared his insights on equitably developing and implementing technologies for individuals living with dementia and their caregivers. Dr. Brody, the Mathy Mezey Professor of Geriatric Nursing and Professor of Medicine, as well as the Associate Director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU, has founded Aliviado Health aimed at enhancing care quality in this field. During his presentation, he emphasized the importance of creating technology-driven, equity-focused pragmatic trials in geriatrics and palliative care. Dr. Brody highlighted various challenges faced by caregivers, including the stress of managing dementia and the lack of resources, which are often more acute in underserved communities. He also discussed the development of mHealth technology to better support clinical teams and caregivers, advocating for the co-design of technologies with end users to ensure their needs and cultural contexts are addressed, thereby improving engagement and effectiveness.

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