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Digital Creativity in Dementia Care Support

Zachos, K., Maiden, N., Pitts, K. , Jones, S., Turner, I., Rose, M., Pudney, K. & MacManus, J. (2013). Digital Creativity in Dementia Care Support. International Journal of Creative Computing, 1(1), pp. 35-56. doi: 10.1504/IJCRC.2013.056924


This paper reports the application of digital creativity to the care for people with dementia. A digital app
was developed for use by staff in residential homes caring for people with dementia. The app invokes a
set of computational services to undertake creative work, the results of which are presented to encourage
and support cognitive creativity by care staff. The services undertake computational work such as
retrieving resolutions to care problems encountered previously, matching care situations to situations in
analogical domains such as parenting, teaching and prison life, and automatically generating customized
creativity prompts. The app was designed so that care staff can generate contributions to resident care
plans that are novel and hence individualized to the resident as part of a shift towards more person-centred

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: Final version of this article available at, copyright Inderscience publishers 2013.
Publisher Keywords: Digital creativity, case-based reasoning, analogical reasoning, dementia care, mobile computing
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Computer Science > Human Computer Interaction Design
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