From the age of 75 on, over 70 % of elderly persons will present a disability which will limit the accomplishment of daily activities. Even with these disabilities, elderly persons wish to remain at home for as long as possible and this objective of aging at home is one of the provincial and federal governments’ greatest priorities. In this context, it is critical to conceive of innovative solutions which will empower elderly persons to age in the place of their choosing. To this end, in a human and financial resource-scarcity context, technology is an essential supporting facet of the public healthcare system and of all its ecosystems.
Assistive technology for cognition to increase safety at home: Cook
Maintaining the ability to prepare meals independently while suffering from Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is of paramount importance to both sufferers and their caregivers. Beyond it being necessary to feed oneself, meal preparation supports self-esteem and maintenance of social roles. However, numerous difficulties relating to task completion and inherent safety concerns, such as burns and fire hazards, make this a high-risk activity for individuals with cognitive deficits.