Student Research Projects

Treating Dementia in the Twenty-First Century: The Effects of Technology Use on Increasing Socialization and Improving Mental Health

Student Tenley Scott ‘16 (Recreation and Leisure Studies)
Faculty Mentor(s)
Department Recreation
Course Recreation and Leisure Studies 310: Disabilities and RT

Abstract

Patients with dementia often suffer a diminished quality of life in long-term care facilities due to their struggle with cognitive functioning and social interaction. Attempting to improve their general well-being, improve social engagement, and decrease stress and depression, residents of a local long-term care facility will be introduced to “It’s Never 2 Late” (iN2L). iN2L is an adaptive technology program that connects residents with new forms of engagement and communication with beneficial activities for therapeutic purposes. Over the duration of twelve weeks, resident will receive one-on-one sessions of individualized quality interaction, experiencing physical, cognitive, and psychosocial recreation therapy. Pending the results of the research, iN2L has the potential to be implemented in retirement communities and long-term care facilities around the country, becoming the new benchmark of care and improving the quality of life for older adults.