ELEPHANT: DESIGN FOR DEMENTIA
A practical solution to problems we face during early stages of dementia.
A collaboration project between StudioBrown and Matt Corrall working for Kinneir Dufort. 2012.
Dementia is a worldwide, social problem. Once someone is diagnosed though, what is the immediate next step?
In the early stages, is there a chance to cope more by yourself rather than rely on the help of others? Can sufferers be helped by tackling their dementia sooner? Can they safeguard their independence for longer, easing strain on the patient-carer relationship?
Life at home is greatly affected by changes in memory, which depends on time, location and state of mind. Dementia wipes thoughts as one moves between rooms, and tasks become difficult to complete. Looking at memory in the context of daily life suggests new product interventions and new habits to empower the sufferer.
Dementia is a complex impairment, affecting cognition, memory and related functions. Those who can and wish to better manage their lives can be assisted by additional 'advanced' products. Remembering is one thing, but the storage of thoughts is critical to make sense of organisation. The following additions work as organisational tools, helping the brain to recall and support lost patterns.
Leaving the home for the outside world threatens dementia sufferers in countless ways. Just as clothes offer us physical and psychological protection, so too can the ordering of our essential things. Wallets and bags are ingrained in our habits - how could they be designed to better suit the needs of dementia sufferers?