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Viewing art on a tablet computer: A well-being intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers.

Tyack, Charles; Camic, Paul M.; Heron, Michael James; Hulbert, Sabina


Charles Tyack

Paul M. Camic

Michael James Heron

Sabina Hulbert


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.


TYACK, C., CAMIC, P.M., HERON, M.J. and HULBERT, S. 2017. Viewing art on a tablet computer: A well-being intervention for people with dementia and their caregivers. Journal of applied gerontology [online], 36(7), pages 864-894. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 10, 2015
Online Publication Date Dec 16, 2015
Publication Date Jul 1, 2017
Deposit Date Nov 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Nov 24, 2016
Journal Journal of applied gerontology
Print ISSN 0733-4648
Electronic ISSN 1552-4523
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 36
Issue 7
Pages 864-894
Keywords Dementia; Visual art; Tablet computers; Wellbeing; Caregivers; Visual analogue scales
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