Exploring the Experience of Social Touch in old age and in dementia, Opportunities for Research and Design

Our aim

In our research we are particularly interested in the salutary effect of touch interventions by using the concept of "warm technology" that can play a positive role in alleviating loneliness, stress and anxiety, resulting in an increase of quality of life and feelings of wellbeing, especially for senior citizens and people suffering from dementia.

TU/e researchers involved

Project coordinator: Wijnand IJsselsteijn

PhD students involved:

  • Ans Tummers-Heemels

Other non-TU/e researchers involved:

  • Verzorgingstehuis Sint Jozef Meijel
  • Verpleeghuis Bergweide Heerlen
  • Alzheimer Nederland

Project funded by: 

Time-frame: 9/1/2016 - 9/1/2022