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---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: Based in an interactive multimedia computer system this prototype aims to stimulate persons with dementia and memory disabilities to have more enjoyable and rewarding conversations between their caregivers. A team of searchers from Scotland has developed a Computer Interactive Reminiscence and Conversation Aid (CIRCA). CIRCA is compromised of a simple touch-screen with easy-to-follow instructions and requires no IT competence. When switched on, CIRCA displays a choice of three random categories (entertainment, local life, etc.). After selecting a category, the user is then given a choice of “music”, “photo”, or “video”. The user’s selection results in CIRCA calling up images, video or sound clips from a database. The multimedia from the database acts a memory trigger and a conversation prompt. CIRCA is equipped with a “stop and talk” button which allows the system to be frozen at any point. CIRCA creates a feeling of a “shared” experience between the consumer and his or her caregiver. Moreover, the easy-to-use touch screen and prompts from the CIRCA system allow the consumer to be more in control of his or her experience and less dependent on the caregiver. TITLE: CIRCA for Dementia Patients. JOURNAL: Medgadget. REF: http://medgadget.com/archives/2005/06/circa_for_demen.html. PAGES: 1 with cover.
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