Young mind – old soul
If you thought that young people only wanted to make apps that photograph their eclectic food tastes – you couldn’t be more wrong. Since the Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge took place through Skild’s contest platform, the winner has been successfully improving the lives of adults with Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.
The point of the Stanford Center Longevity Design challenge through it’s contest management system was to encourage students to help older adults with mobility issues to live their day-to-day lives with comfort and ease. Shao Yao, winner of the 2014 Stanford Center Longevity Design Challenge, did just that with something as simple as tableware.
Yao received inspiration from her late grandmother who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Because Yao was her grandmother’s caregiver, she was aware that the lives of those with Alzheimer’s can be extremely hard not only for the victims, but also for those taking care of them. She began volunteering to help and learn about the patients at adult day cares discovering that mealtime was one of the most challenging activities of day for both parties. She observed that those with Alzheimer’s and dementia had impairments that directly affected their eating.
For many of us, dinnertime is a time to share with your family. It is a time to reconnect. Unfortunately Alzheimer doesn’t make much time for conversation with the stress it can cause as well as the common malnutrition one can get from not eating properly. With the help of Skild’s contest management software, Yao’s tableware set, EatWell, is making the lives of both families and those disabled easier.
From the shape of spoon to the color of the plates – everything is designed to make the dementia and Alzheimer patients feel more dignified and comfortable. A few incredible features of the tableware set are:
- Tableware is doused in vibrant colors because according to a Boston University Study, it helps people with dementia consume 24% more food and 84% more liquid.
- Bowls are red to stimulate the appetite and blue because there is generally no blue food to get it mixed up.
- Spoons match the curvature of the bowls to pick up food easier.
- Anti slippage material so no spilling can occur
- Handle of cup is meant for comfort and those with arthritis
- Tray has clips to attach a tablecloth or bib and prevent any mess
Vice president of dementia care at Brookdale Senior Living, Juliet Holt-Klinger, helped judge the Design Challenge through Skild’s contest software. From her experience she told Yao at the finals, “I have 6,500 residents who eat three times a day. That’s over 19,000 times each day that your design could help people just in our facilities.”
Through Skild’s contest management, products like EatWell and people like Yao can make a difference in everyone’s life.