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Portal of the elderly: development of a virtual learning environment with focus on Alzheimer's Disease and the demage in communication

Grant number: 13/08987-9
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate
Effective date (Start): September 01, 2013
Effective date (End): February 28, 2014
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Collective Health - Public Health
Principal Investigator:Magali de Lourdes Caldana
Grantee:Aline Megumi Arakawa
Host Institution: Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru (FOB). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Bauru , SP, Brazil


The communication can be modified by several pathologies such as those involving the dementia process, given the prevalence to Alzheimer's disease (AD). When dealing with a complex insidious, progressive degenerative situation whose magnitude is loss of memory and may the possibility to have associated language disorders, it is necessary to develop a multidisciplinary approach in which the speech, language and hearing scientist is the responsible to maintaining the communication of elderly with AD as well as their quality of life and their families and caregivers. In order to provide actions focused on AD, in attention to health care, training health professionals, seniors and caregivers about aspects related to AD, are the new technologies of information and communication tools that can assist in the knowledge transmission about the AD. Given the context discussed, this research aims to develop and evaluate the virtual learning environment effectiveness about Speech, language and hearing sciences with a focus on Alzheimer's disease. The material production will follow the stage of analysis and planning, modeling, implementation and evaluation. Content and technological resources assessments will be performed by speech language and hearing scientists, caregivers and seniors through a questionnaire vailable on website. Thus it is expected to provide information to general population about the theme discussed and promoting quality of life improvement to elderly.

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Scientific publications
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ALINE MEGUMI ARAKAWA-BELAUNDE; NATALIA GUTIERREZ CARLETO; NATALIA CAROLINE FAVORETTO; CRISTINA DO ESPÍRITO SANTO; ELEN CAROLINE FRANCO; JOSÉ ROBERTO DE MAGALHÃES BASTOS; MAGALI DE LOURDES CALDANA. Desenvolvimento e avaliação de um website sobre a Doença de Alzheimer e suas consequências para a comunicação. Audiol., Commun. Res., v. 23, . (13/08987-9)
Academic Publications
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ARAKAWA, Aline Megumi. Portal of the elderly: development and evaluation of the website with informations about Alzheimer´s Disease and its consequences for communication. 2015. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Odontologia de Bauru (FOB/SDB) Bauru.

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