The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."
Assistive technologies can be "high tech" and "low tech:" from canes and lever doorknobs to voice recognition software and augmentative communication devices (speech generating devices).
Dementia can be a frightening and difficult adjustment for both those affected by the condition and for caregivers. The following assistive technologies can help relieve anxiety, as well as promote autonomy and independence and manage potential safety risks:
Other technologies can be used to help improve the quality of life of those affected by dementia: