Information and Communication Technologies for the Activities of Daily Living in Older Patients with Dementia: A Systematic Review

J Alzheimers Dis. 2017;57(3):927-935. doi: 10.3233/JAD-161145.


Background: Significant innovations have been introduced in recent years in the application of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to support healthcare for patients with dementia.

Objective: In the present systematic review, our goal is to keep track of ICT concepts and approaches to support the range of activities of daily living for people with dementia and to provide a snapshot of the effect that technology is having on patients' self-reliance.

Methods: We reviewed the literature and identified systematic reviews of cohort studies and other authoritative reports. Our selection criteria included: (1) activities of daily living, (2) ICT, and (3) dementia.

Results: We identified 56 studies published between 2000 and 2015, of which 26 met inclusion criteria. The present systematic review revealed many ICT systems that could purportedly support the range of activities of daily living for patients with dementia. The results showed five research bodies: 1) technologies used by patients with dementia, 2) technologies used by caregivers, 3) monitoring systems, 4) ambient assistive living with ICTs, and 5) tracking and wayfinding.

Conclusions: There is a potential for ICTs to support dementia care at home and to improve quality of life for caregivers, reducing healthcare costs and premature institutional care for these patients.

Keywords: Keywords: Basic activities of daily living; dementia; information and communication technologies; instrumental activities of daily living.

Publication types

  • Review
  • Systematic Review

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living / psychology*
  • Aging
  • Databases, Bibliographic / statistics & numerical data
  • Dementia / complications*
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Humans
  • Medical Informatics*
  • Self-Help Devices*