Dementia affects over 850,000 people in the UK, and early diagnosis can dramatically improve quality of life. Within this project, we want to understand whether changes in language use by people living with dementia can be identified systematically. This can lead to new methods for diagnosing and monitoring dementia.
To do so, this study will: (a) Collect conversations between people with dementia and their carers (b) Collect written thoughts by people with dementia based on images from the past. (c) Use the data from conversations and written thoughts to develop computational methods for studying patterns of language change over time in people with dementia.