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Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home

Abrahao, A.R.R., da Silva, P.F.C., Frohlich, D.M., Chrysanthaki, T., Gratão, A. and Castro, P.C. (2018) Mobile digital storytelling in a Brazilian care home In: HCI International 2018, 15-20 Jul 2018, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Digital stories are short personal films made up of a series of still images with voiceover, music and text. The technical barriers to creating such stories are falling with the use of mobile apps which make it easy to assemble story elements as audiophoto narratives on a smartphone or tablet. In this case study, we explored the potential of mobile digital storytelling in a care home context. It was used for four weeks as form of multimedia communication between formal and informal carers inside and outside the home, and a care home resident suffering from dementia. The home was located in São Carlos, Brazil as part of a larger international project called Time Matters (UK and Brazil), in which Time stands for ‘This is me’. Fifteen digital stories were made by participants in the trial, which is about one for every visit of the researchers to the care home. Stories focused mainly on the resident; capturing aspects of everyday life discussed in Visit conversations (4), documenting Social events (3) inside or outside the home, recording Therapy sessions (3) with the resident or Health reports (3) by professional carers, and forming Media albums (2) of the residents’ art or life. In general, the technology was most useful for facilitating richer conversations with the resident and other participants, and stimulating greater expressivity and creativity in the resident herself. The desire to document the resident’s current life and interests in the home for later reminiscence by their family, stands in contrast to conventional reminiscence therapy and related digital systems. These use media artefacts to stimulate reminiscence of residents’ past life outside the home.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Conference Paper)
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Music and Media
Authors :
Abrahao, A.R.R.
da Silva, P.F.C.
Gratão, A.
Castro, P.C.
Date : 1 June 2018
DOI : 10.1007/978-3-319-92034-4_31
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2018 Springer
Uncontrolled Keywords : Digital storytelling; Mobile; Multimedia narratives; Photo sharing; Dementia; Care home; Family and friends; Informal carers; Formal carers; Reminiscing; Memory; Communication
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Depositing User : Clive Harris
Date Deposited : 17 May 2018 12:51
Last Modified : 05 Mar 2019 10:13

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