Essay on Technology for the Elderly with Dementia

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The World Health Organization put forward a document in 1980 titled, International Classification of Impairments, Disabilities and Handicaps (ICIDH). This document defined individuals with disabilities as having an impairment that did not allow them to contribute in everyday conventional activities and in which they are incapable to perform their normal role, resulting a handicap. The use of assistive technology then comes in order to minimise interruption to a user’s habituated and desired ways of doing things, which then results with an enhanced quality of life (DeRuyter, F. 2002).
A massive development has gone through the application of technology in improving the problems of people with disability in the last two decades. Devices
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They mentioned that employers are less interested to choose a disabled person over a non-disabled person when looking for jobs. This results in the two fold multiplication of unemployment rates for disabled people. In Ireland in the recent years, the relationship between disability and poverty has been correlated negatively (Gannon and Nolan, 2006). According to the analysis carried out in 2003 on illness, disability and social inclusion throughout Europe, Ireland was included concerning these issues. It was distinguished that employment rate for people with moderate disabilities in 2001 was 27%. This was found to be well below the average 47% in the EU. Disability also impacts education. It was documented by Barnes, Mercer and Shakespeare (1999) that compared to non-disabled children, disabled children have a much narrower curriculum in their studies which limits their academic skills, hence leaving school with ‘inferior’ qualifications. People’s attitude to disability can greatly impact to their quality of life. When one has a deformity or doesn’t look the ‘same’ as them, they result into staring, thus making disabled individuals fall victim into unwanted attention (Morris, 1991). Prejudice is a huge concern. Classic fiction such as Heidi and The Secret Garden depicts individuals with disability in which having a disability is shown to be a source of suffering and unhappiness. In the media, disabled people are shown to be unfortunate and tragic, that they

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