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Title: The design of cinematic-VR experiences in inducing empathy towards persons with dementia (PWD) in Singapore
Authors: Chew, Keng Hao
Keywords: Visual arts and music::Design
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: Nanyang Technological University
Source: Chew, K. H. (2023). The design of cinematic-VR experiences in inducing empathy towards persons with dementia (PWD) in Singapore. Master's thesis, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
Abstract: Singapore is one of the fastest-ageing countries, with a population of 5.5 million, an estimated 40,000 older adults above 60 live with dementia. The figure is projected to increase to 80,000 by 2030 and 187,000 by 2050. Caregiving is integral and correlated to the quality of life for persons with dementia (PWD). Tailored care has also become necessary for individuals whose needs change over time as their condition worsens. Caregivers for PWD often feel overburdened to care for their loved ones with dementia given the irreversible degenerative characteristics and challenging symptoms of dementia. While there are community action plans to empower PWD, limited efforts are put into programmes specifically aimed at inducing empathy towards PWD and understanding its effect on caregivers. To address this gap, this study proposed a Cinematic Virtual Reality Experience (CVRE) design conceptual framework aimed at inducing empathy towards PWD in Singapore’s dementia caregivers. The framework is formulated to guide future CVRE designs and a CVRE prototype is developed to corroborate its effectiveness. The findings of this study established an early step in understanding dementia caregiving, and offer valuable insights of ways to enhance the quality of life for both PWD and their caregivers. These insights have the potential to inform policy and practice in the healthcare and social services sectors, ultimately leading to better outcomes for PWD and their families.
DOI: 10.32657/10356/169799
Schools: School of Art, Design and Media 
Rights: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0).
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