“It’s Another Feather in My Hat”-Exploring Factors Influencing the Adoption of Apps With People Living With Dementia

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Introduction: With the growing interest and availability of mobile applications (apps) for people living with dementia, it is desirable to have a broader insight into how technology adoption may be further improved. This paper aims to explore the factors influencing adoption of mobile applications for people living with dementia. Methods: The recruitment of participants was facilitated through a dementia advocacy group of people living with dementia. A focus group design was applied to elicit discussion and to explore divergent views on the topic. The data was analysed using thematic analysis. Findings: The 15 individuals who participated in this study comprised of seven women and eight men within the age range of 60-90 years. This study reports key findings pertaining to the views and experiences of using mobile apps. Data analysis revealed the following four distinct themes; (Theme 1: Living with dementia)-“That’s the difficulty there even with apps or anything else.” (Theme 2: Motivation)- “It makes me feel good. I feel a little with it [laughs], that its not all gone in there” (Theme 3: Fears and Concerns)- “Can somebody else get into your personal memories?” (Theme 4- Support)– “So it’s important that we have that support”. Together these themes encapsulate the most influential aspects, as highlighted by the participants influencing the acceptance and adoption of apps. Conclusion: This paper explores the barriers and facilitators to app acceptance and adoption. This includes the importance of “feel good moments” and positive experiences, challenges associated with living with dementia, the importance of ongoing support, and security of the user’s information. This study adds to what is already known by capturing the views and experiences of people living with dementia in relation to the factors influencing the adoption of apps.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1487-1513
Number of pages28
Issue number7
Early online date26 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 26 Jun 2023

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The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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  • General Social Sciences
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Medicine
  • technology adoption
  • focus group
  • mobile applications
  • assistive technology
  • dementia
  • technology acceptance
  • apps
  • digital technology


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