Future Directions for ICT in Aphasia Therapy for Older Adults: Enhancing Current Practices Through Interdisciplinary Perspectives


  • Anna Kötteritzsch FamilyVision, Icking
  • Kathrin Gerling School of Computer Science, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool


Growing numbers of older adults requiring aphasia therapy create challenges for the health care system. Information and communication technology (ICT) has the potential to provide computer-mediated, self-administered aphasia therapy that complements conventional therapy. We explore overlaps in ICT for older adults and aphasia therapy applications with the goal of integrating innovative ICT in aphasia therapy. Based on a case study, we explain how results of different disciplines developing ICT for older adults can be transferred in order to better support older adults with aphasia. We conclude with future directions for ICT in aphasia therapy by surveying interdisciplinary approaches that integrate best practices from conventional therapy, interface design, tracking technologies, user modelling, adaptation algorithms, playful design, user empowerment, and community interaction.