Glossary

Alzheimer ’s disease a type of dementia that has a strong effect on short-term memory and communication. It affects mostly people over the age of 65 and risk increases with age. Other known factors that influence the development of symptoms are hereditary factors, diet and lifestyle
Critical Design the umbrella term for all design methods not ultimately aiming at developing new technologies but rather critiquing existing technologies
Dementia an umbrella term for a range of progressive illnesses that affect the brain and lead to changes in memory, behaviour, mood and communication. A cure is currently not available
Design Fiction a method used in critical design which uses a narrative structure to explore the values inherent in a design
Design Futuring a design philosophy that aims for ethically sustainable designs which understand and evaluate future impacts and minimise negative outcomes
Non-use an area of interest in the development of technology which focuses on the reasons why people do not take up a particular technology
Probes a method of eliciting open-ended participants responses through the use of worksheets, tasks or physical prototypes
Safer Walking Technologies technologies aimed to support finding a person with dementia in an emergency. Often GPS based, these technologies are worn around the body, allow caregivers to get the position of the person with dementia. Notifications can alert the caregivers to unusual movements
Smart Technology /

Intelligent Technology

sensor-based technologies that measure the environment and respond according to changes without user input. Used within this report interchangeably with Intelligent technology
Speculative Design a method of critical design which aims to explore the complex settings in which designs are intended to be used
Value-sensitive Design an approach to design research based on the understanding that design is not neutral, therefore designers should aim to understand the potential outcomes of their work and address them
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