This chapter presents and reflects on recent findings on how people with dementia experience and try to manage their daily lives on their own initiative, including their use of technology, and possible consequences for design are discussed. Research has showed that common activities of daily life may have very profound and individually different meanings in the experienced world of people with dementia. It is also argued that if we are open to expressions of awareness in the context of concrete, daily life issues, we are likely to gain information on how the person with dementia perceives his or her situation. People with dementia have been found to use a variety of self-initiated strategies – spontaneous and planned – in individual manners to meet changes and difficulties in their daily lives. These aspects could be taken as a point of departure in support and design, as they build on what is well-known and intuitive rather than on cognitive capacity. Finally, it is proposed that everyday technology can be very important in the lives of people with mild-stage dementia, although their overall use of technology decrease and problems are common.
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