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An Acoustic-based Smart Home System for People Suffering from Dementia

Version 1 : Received: 5 March 2019 / Approved: 6 March 2019 / Online: 6 March 2019 (12:21:55 CET)

How to cite: Boumpa, E.; Gkogkidis, A.; Charalampou, I.; Ntaliani, A.; Kakarountas, A.; Kokkinos, V. An Acoustic-based Smart Home System for People Suffering from Dementia. Preprints 2019, 2019030081 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201903.0081.v1). Boumpa, E.; Gkogkidis, A.; Charalampou, I.; Ntaliani, A.; Kakarountas, A.; Kokkinos, V. An Acoustic-based Smart Home System for People Suffering from Dementia. Preprints 2019, 2019030081 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201903.0081.v1).

Abstract

Age-in-place can reduce the progress of dementia syndrome and improve the quality of life of the sufferers and their families. This work proposes an innovative information home support system to be established at the houses of people suffering from dementia. The main innovation of the system are its transparent character that overcomes the need for training of the sufferer, as well as the exploitation of a well-known technique for dementia, namely music therapy. It addresses the need of people suffering from dementia as well as their familiars to be recognized by them and have better interaction and collaboration. The system offers a ubiquitous recognition system, just by using smart devices like smart-phones or smart-wristbands. When a familiar person is detected in the house, then a sound file is reproduced on smart speakers placed in the house, in order to trigger the memory, based on the principles of music therapy. The system reproduced the appropriate time at 100% of the cases and the benefits of music therapy are evident daily. To the best of the authors' knowledge, this is the first system of its kind ever reported in the literature.

Subject Areas

Active and Assisted Living; smart speakers; information support system; health care system; sufferer monitoring system; dementia

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