Voice assistant guides published for people with dementia

A series of guides have been published for people with dementia on using voice assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Home Hub.

Written by Narinder Kapur, visiting professor of neuropsychology at UCL, the guides – Alexa for Alzheimer’s and Google Assistant for Alzheimer’s – are available on Amazon for £9.95.

Research findings suggest voice assistants can make a significant contribution to the wellbeing of people with neuropsychological conditions including dementia.

A 2019 review of the technology by Professor Kapur and colleagues, published in the journal Neuropyschologist, found that it could provide support in six areas: reminders, information storage and retrieval, communication, shopping, leisure activities and environmental control.

Part of sales proceeds from the guides will go to support clinical practice in developing countries such as India.