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

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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