A recent study conducted by the Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK shows that regular art-viewing sessions via touchscreen tablets may cause significant cognitive improvement and boost the overall wellbeing of dementia patients and their caregivers.
The study was published online in the December issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. 12 volunteer pairs of dementia patients and their caregivers were provided a touchscreen tablet loaded with an art-viewing application along with a list of discussion questions. The pairs were instructed to view and discuss the art showcased within the application together five times a day for two weeks.
Participants reported not only increased happiness and engagement, but also a strengthened bond through the shared activity of viewing and discussing the art.