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Viewing Art on a Tablet Computer: A Well-Being Intervention for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers


Tyack, C., Camic, P. M., Heron, M. J., Hulbert, S.


J Appl Gerontol

Year of Publication



BACKGROUND: Art-based interventions have been shown to be beneficial for the well-being of people with dementia and their caregivers. This article explored whether such interventions can be delivered via a touchscreen tablet device displaying art images. METHOD: Twelve pairs of volunteers with dementia and informal caregivers were recruited (N = 24). A quasi-experimental mixed-methods within-subjects study evaluated the well-being impacts of art viewing using visual analogue scales and explored participant experiences with thematic analysis. FINDINGS: Quantitative results before Bonferroni correction showed a significant effect for change in composite well-being from Session 1 to Session 5 but this became non-significant after the correction was applied. Well-being subdomains generally increased with number of sessions. Qualitative findings included changes in cognition, behavior, mood, and relationships. These changes tended to be viewed positively. CONCLUSION: The results suggest touchscreen-based art interventions could yield well-being benefits for this population. A larger-scale controlled study would help determine whether wider dementia care practice implications can be drawn.

Bibtex Citation

@article{Tyack_2015, doi = {10.1177/0733464815617287}, url = {}, year = 2015, month = {dec}, publisher = {{SAGE} Publications}, author = {C. Tyack and P. M. Camic and M. J. Heron and S. Hulbert}, title = {Viewing Art on a Tablet Computer: A Well-Being Intervention for People With Dementia and Their Caregivers}, journal = {Journal of Applied Gerontology} }


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Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Non randomised controlled trial

Type of Outcomes

Cognition, Quality of Life of Carer, Quality of Life of Person With Dementia

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS)

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Arts and Music Interventions (including Art and Music Therapy)