Design tackles dementia
The Design Council has announced the five winning ideas to come out of its Living Well With Dementia challenge – an attempt to create practical solutions to this growing problem. All five are explained via a series of films by Why Not Associates
One in three people living to the age of 65 will experience some form of dementia before we die. The UK's Design Council launched a 12-month Design Challenge to prompt responses from the creative community to this issue. The Design Council asked for practical product and service solutions that could be launched as real initiatives. Five ideas have been selected for funding and support towards their further development. Each is explained via a film by Why Not Associates, with photography by Julian Germain and illustration by Mike Nicholson.
Buddiband is a response to the clunky personal alarms currently used by many older people. It proposes a comfortable, waterproof wristband alarm that can send alerts to support services from anywhere, in the hope thatits use will allow people with dementia to feel confident about getting out and about.
Trading Times looks at the issue of encouraging those caring for older people to stay in paid work. It proposes an online service to match carers with local opportunities for flexible work
Ode is a fragrance release system aimed at stimulating appetite in those with dementia, weight-loss being a common problem for people with late-stage forms of the condition.
Grouple is a 'secure, private online social network helping people share the responsibilities of caring for someone with dementia'.
And Dementia Dog is 'a service providing assistance dogs to people with dementia, helping them lead more fulfilled, independent and stress-free lives'.
If you'd like to get involved in future Design Challenges, details are here.
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These are really interesting approaches to some really tough real life issues - great to see the design industry focussed on this kind of thing.
Also, nicely presented set of films from Why Not. :)
This is an issue currently close to my heart, my father is in the early stage of Dementia.Tragic condition, effecting people in all walks of life. The Buddiband is a real innovation, and like pete says, it's great to see the design industry involved with this kind of work!
Well done Design and Council and well done everyone who has spent time and effort on such an important issue.
It's also good to see carers are also catered for as they are so often forgotten. The impact of dementia on them is huge and helping them will also improve the quality of their caring.
Buddi is genius. I can see how it could also be developed in the future with additional features such as a fall detector.
Keep up the great work everyone.
Really great concepts and nicely executed. Can I ask what that font if that was used throughout the presentations?
I love the CR for my ipad.
My Grandma is 90 today, she doesn't know it, or where she lives but she's healthy and is here to celebrate her birthday. Seeing the effects of Dementia first-hand is shocking, I really don't want to be one of the 3 who develop the disease, and nor do I want to see anymore of my family or friends suffer. These products are really interesting, particularly 'ODE', very clever idea.
I'e bought some of these memory cards for my Grandma's birthday, http://www.manyhappyreturns.org
I think they'll be perfect for reaching way back into her memory, as well as giving her great grandchildren an insight into her life as a child.
As one of the design team behind ode I would like to say thanks to CR and the folks above for their comments. If you would like to get in touch with the ode team then why not follow @my_ode or visit http://www.myode.org.
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