The Design Adaptation of the Virtual Assistant Anne for Moderate Dementia Patients and Their Formal Caregivers in Protected Environment Tests

  • Vera StaraEmail author
  • Michiel de Jong
  • Elisa Felici
  • Daniel Bolliger
  • Edith Birrer
  • Viviane von Döllen
  • Lorena Rossi
  • Marcel Heerink
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 957)


Dementia has become a major health problem with an equally important economic impact on our society and enabling patients with dementia and their caregivers to improve their quality of life and dignity is a great challenge. A significant solution to meet the challenge, could be the use of Personal Virtual Assistant (PVA). The aim of this paper is to share the know-how reached in the design and adaptation of the Personal Virtual Assistant “Anne” for moderate dementia patients and their formal caregivers. The paper presents the results of the first iteration of protected environment tests in Italy and Luxembourg.


Personal Virtual Assistant User Centred Design Dementia 



This study is part of the Living well with Anne which was co-financed by the EU (Active and Assisted Living Programme, AAL-call-2016-102), the national funding agency of Switzerland: State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI; the Italian Ministry of Health; the Luxembourg Fond National de la Recherche (FNR) and the Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw). The partner coordinator of the LivingWell project is Virtask that is the main developer of Anne under the Copyright Virtask B.V.©.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vera Stara
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michiel de Jong
    • 2
  • Elisa Felici
    • 1
  • Daniel Bolliger
    • 3
  • Edith Birrer
    • 3
  • Viviane von Döllen
    • 4
  • Lorena Rossi
    • 1
  • Marcel Heerink
    • 5
  1. 1.IRCSS INRCA-National Institute of Health and Science on AgeingAnconaItaly
  2. 2.University of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  3. 3.iHomeLab Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and ArtsLucerneSwitzerland
  4. 4.Stëftung Hëllef DoheemLuxembourg CityLuxembourg
  5. 5.Windesheim UniversityAlmereThe Netherlands

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