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Postcard Memories

This study involved the use of qualitative mixed methods to investigate the benefits of a touchscreen application we developed, called “Postcard Memories”, to aid older adults with early stage dementia. A thematic video analysis revealed participants found it meaningful to create and share personalized digital postcards with media (video, audio, photos). This was supported by one-on-one interviews coded with grounded theory. Most participants said adding photos helped to recall and retain their memory of events, and digital postcards were more efficient and enjoyable to create than traditional paper postcards. Self-administered surveys parallel findings in the video analysis, which is that participants found adding media to a digital a postcard was the most meaningful aspect of the application. Together, these findings provide a rich account of this application as a tool to engage participants in recalling and sharing experiences with family and friends, and enriching those experiences with media. The next phase will continue at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute with our target population. Keywords: Alzheimer's disease, digital artifacts, elders, Early Stage Dementia, Grounded Theory, memory, narrative storytelling, postcards, touchscreen tablet application, usability.


Project date: June 2014 - August 2014
• Full Research Article.
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