What is ABBY?

ABBY is an ‘Ambient Activity Technology’ installed into Long-term care facilities to provide people who live with dementia opportunities to engage in meaningful activity, as a non-pharmaceutical means of managing responsive behavior.

ABBY provides opportunities for residents to engage with familiar activity experiences, such as petting a cat or turning a steering wheel.  When a resident interacts with any of Abby’s activity functions, ABBY will play pre-selected and familiar pictures, videos, and songs, to trigger a memory.  

Mounted onto a wall, ABBY is available and ‘on-call’ to residents on a 24/7 basis, with little support required by care-providers.

 

The goals of ABBY are to

  • Help reduce care-giver burden and stress.
  • Provide meaningful engagement opportunities to a resident by engaging the remaining abilities of the resident.
  • Reinforce familiarity and personal identity by providing familiar and personal media content to the resident.
  • Promote physical activity.
  • Enhance confidence and promote independence.
  • Provide to care-professionals a flexible activity platform that can adapt to the needs of people who live with dementia.

The goals of ABBY are to

  • Help reduce care-giver burden and stress.
  • Provide meaningful engagement opportunities to a resident by engaging the remaining abilities of the resident.
  • Reinforce familiarity and personal identity by providing familiar and personal media content to the resident.
  • Promote physical activity.
  • Enhance confidence and promote independence.
  • Provide to care-professionals a flexible activity platform that can adapt to the needs of people who live with dementia.

ABBY is Person Centered Care Technology

ABBY works with the remaining abilities of the resident to provide ‘memory activation’ through motion and appropriate cueing. Adaptable activities and memory triggers are built into a familiar and easy to use design. ABBY builds on habits and natural curiosity to trigger behaviour, and engaged interaction, for a wide variety of cognitive ability.

  • Perception and action are coordinated through ergonomic design
    and simple controls such as buttons and switches.
  • Personal identity is affirmed through personalized content.
  • Nurturing and socialization is enabled through petting the cat.
  • Direct linkage of inputs to content inspires curiosity and discovery.
  • Appropriate, and ability focused activities create fun.

 

Why ABBY Works

Human beings are endowed with two memory systems – declarative (explicit) memory, and implicit (non-declarative) memory. People who live with dementia will begin to lose declarative memory, but will retain implicit memory functionality much longer, which supports unconscious, procedural/ motor tasks such as turning a wheel or pushing a button. ABBY taps-into the implicit memory system by providing familiar tangible activity interfaces, such as petting a cat, turning a wheel, flipping a switch, or pushing a button. These activity engagements are used as inputs to select and play familiar media content to the resident, thereby triggering memories. When activated by a cue, such as a snippet of a song, or an image of a familiar place or time meaningful to a resident, a memory can be retrieved. The more familiar the media content, the better the ‘memory-trigger’ effect. The most deep-seated long-term memories are of young adulthood, when life is full of new and exciting experiences. When we are absorbed in a meaningful memory, we are in a state of flow and cannot exhibit a responsive behavior.

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