Clare Cutler: Quality of Life and Digital Gaming: The benefits of a technology based intervention for community dwelling people living with dementia

Clare profile photoStudent: Clare Cutler
Start date: October 2012
Supervisory Team: Professor Jonathan Parker, Dr Fiona Kelly and Christos Gatzidis

Project overview: The aim of Clare’s research is to explore the quality of life benefits of commercially available digital gaming technologies. Community dwelling people living with dementia are often at risk of experiencing reduced quality of life as a result of, but not restricted to, social exclusion, isolation and malignant social positioning. It is therefore imperative that quality of life is protected, supported and maintained to ensure that people can live well with dementia. Whilst the health and social benefits of using digital gaming technology, such as the Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox Kinect and the Apple iPad, have been evidenced in health research, this research focuses on the quality of life benefits of a technology-based intervention specifically for community dwelling people with dementia. Clare’s PhD has been submitted and is currently awaiting the Viva Voce examination.