RNIB Scotland has become the latest charity to sign up to a new accessible technology charter.
The Technology Charter for People Living with Dementia, which has been drawn up and developed by Alzheimer Scotland, calls on signatories to promote the use of technology to benefit the increasing number of people living with dementia in Scotland and their families.
RNIB has added its weight to the campaign by saying people with sight loss and dementia must not be denied the benefits of modern technology.
“Our practice development team has worked closely with Alzheimer Scotland, and when the Technology Charter was launched we were keen to share our expertise in supporting individuals with both sight loss and dementia,” said RNIB Scotland director Campbell Chalmers.
“Technology is transforming the way we all live our lives. So it is crucial that the individual needs of those living with sight loss and dementia are taken into consideration, too.”
Technology for as long as possible
It’s estimated that more than 40,000 people suffer from early-onset dementia in the UK and the RNIB believes they should be able to continue to use everyday technology for as long as possible.
“For example, a modern smartphone can have reminders posted on it, a calendar where important appointments can be entered with an alert set to go off before,” continued Chalmers.
“Also, many healthcare practices now send you a text to remind you of an appointment. Most phones have accessible settings which can make them easier to use for people who also have a sight problem. And as technology becomes more intuitive, with swipe functions on tablets for instance, it is becoming easier to use.”
He concluded by saying: “Technology can also make a huge difference to the lives of the carers and families of those with dementia, as everyday technologies can support positive risk-taking, help with safe walking, reduce risk of accidents in the home and help people to stay connected with family, friends and interests.”
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