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A review of assistive technologies for people with Parkinson's disease

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Cunningham, LM, Nugent, CD, Finlay, Dewar D., Moore, George and Craig, D (2009) A review of assistive technologies for people with Parkinson's disease. Technology and Healthcare, 17 (3). pp. 269-279. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.3233/THC-2009-0547

Abstract

The population is aging and with this, the incidence of age related diseases such as Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Parkinson's disease (PD) are increasing. Assistive Technology (AT) is viewed as one of the possible solutions which can be used to meet the needs of persons suffering from PD. AT can enable a person to carry out a task which otherwise they would be unable to undertake independently. An AT can have many functions which range from helping people to use a computer, to monitoring someone's condition. Within this paper we attempt to categorise the different types of AT for persons with PD. Each of the technologies will be compared and contrasted and an overview of what is currently available presented. The paper concludes with some visionary comments on how the current levels of AT may change in the future.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Computing & Engineering
Faculty of Computing & Engineering > School of Computing and Mathematics
Research Institutes and Groups:Computer Science Research Institute
Computer Science Research Institute > Smart Environments
ID Code:9775
Deposited By:Professor Christopher Nugent
Deposited On:29 Jan 2010 14:05
Last Modified:09 May 2011 09:40

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