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Interactive Calendar

The calendar encourages our loved ones stay active in a structured day, and stay connected with family members.

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Who is your idea designed for and how does it better support family caregivers as they care for a loved one with dementia?

This idea is designed for people with dementia who lives in a facility. Besides it provides loved ones with dementia a structured day instead of being bored and staying in bed the whole day, it helps family members to reach their loved ones through leaving a voice message, and check if they are doing ok. It also gives loved ones support that people care about them.

The Interactive Calendar has different icons of tasks that need to be accomplished in a day. The icons pop out from the wall and light up to reminds loved one with dementia get out of bed and do the task. For example, a "mushroom" pops out and loved one need to go to the dining room to have lunch, so he needs to push it back before leaving his room. When he comes back, another icon of task will pop out. Each icon have a related smell of the task that will help stimulate loved one's memory. Family caregivers can send voice message to the calendar and the icon with their photo will pop out and play the voice message until loved one listens and pushs it back. This feature is designed since loved ones do not have a cell phone to reach out. 

The Interactive Calendar encourages loved ones with dementia to have an active life and a playful attitude to have a feeling of accomplishment. It strengthens the bonds between family members and loved ones. All the tasks done by the loved ones are received by family members so that they always keep an eye on their loved ones. 

How long has your idea existed?

  • 0-3 months

This idea emerged from

  • An Individual

Tell us about your work experience:

I am a senior Industrial Designs student at California College of the Arts. I am working on my thesis project, and the Interactive Calendar is one of my concepts so far.

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Photo of Instituto Tobías
Team

Maintaining a routine helps patients with dementia to be active and carry out activities that contribute to the conservation of activities of daily living. Excellent idea!

Photo of Di An
Team

Thank you Enza! Yes, it is a problem for both patients with dementia and caregivers to struture their daily routine. In my experience with a person with dementia, she lies on her bed everytime I go to her room. So I want to figure out a similar daily routine for them, but at the same time, they have a feeling of being supported by people around them and having contribution and accomplishment in the actitivies which can motivate them to be active!

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Team

It is true! Patients do not motivate themselves, and require social stimulation to stay active and consolidate a routine. Good luck with your proposal!

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Team

Hi, I love this! It reminds me of how delighted my grandmother is by REALLY small things, like me posting a paper dove on her pin board. I know she'd love mushrooms and cute animations. Also it reminds me how delighted I am, when she makes a message for my mother, i.e. if I am filming her with snapchat and I direct her to "say something to mom". She comes up with the cutest things and it really helps my mom who is up to her eyeballs in stress over all of this. And as I am sure you are aware, asking what day/time/month it is, is a big part of dementia patient life. I understand you idea and what you are suggesting it for (and how there are no phones for care-recipients) because my grandmother is in such a home, but I think for others maybe explaining the context and target users (and how it alleviates their pain points) a bit more might help other members here.

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Team

Hi Molly! Thanks so much for sharing your story.

Yeah. And I also realized when I was reading a pop-out book with a person with dementia that she loves to touch the "letter", the feather and "snake skin" in the book, and she was so happy. Little things that give them physical and emotional feelings would be comforting and satisfying. If you don't mind, does your grandmother have a routine everyday or do you or your mom tell her what to do?

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Team

I really like your idea to engage the person with dementia. Do you see this as more a tablet application given size? If so, have you started testing with them yet?

Photo of Di An
Team

Hi! Thanks for your comment! I think tablet is not a bad idea, but in my experience of being with people with dementia, they would love to have something physical to touch and feel by using their fingers, and something they can interact with and get physical and emotional reaction. I am developing this idea and making prototypes to get feedback from experts first and then do the user testing.

For a tablet application, what kinds of or other features and function are you thinking about?