Universität Rostock, 2021
Abstract: Ageing is characterized by decline in cognition including visuospatial function, necessary for independently executing instrumental activities of daily living. The onset of Alzheimer’s disease dementia exacerbates this decline, leading to major challenges for patients and increased burden for caregivers. An important function affected by this decline is spatial orientation. This work provides insight into substrates of real-world wayfinding challenges among older adults, with emphasis on viable features aiding the detection of spatial disorientation and design of possible interventions.
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