Together is an interactive system that helps support an engaging and meaningful experience for Alzheimer’s residents and their families

The Together System

services

Concept Development, Design, Research

completed at

Emily Carr University

Awarded

2015 BC Psychological Association’s Award In Health Design

Together is an award-winning interactive system that brings light, laughter and positivity to a time that can be uncertain and overwhelming. By combining two well-known methods of Alzheimer’s care, play therapy and reminiscence therapy, Together combines curated photographs and media to create personalized and meaningful activities for families and residents to engage in together.

My undergraduate thesis project, Together, is in collaboration with Czorny Alzheimer’s Centre and looks at the possibilities around using iPads to help improve the connection between Alzheimer’s residents and their families to facilitate a more fulfilling form of engagement.

The Together System has three platforms that help engage connection between family and residents. These include an iphone application for easy uploading, a website for uploading and information about the facility and the engagement tool (ipad app) that takes the content uploaded via mobile and website turn into activities families can do when together, or caregivers can engage with when family is away.

PROBLEM/OPPORTUNITY:

1) Residents living with Alzheimer’s suffer from boredom and loneliness due to lack of engagement, which can lead to mood changes, depression and anxiety.

2) Families feel apprehensive when visiting their loved ones inside care
facilities with Alzheimer’s and have little to no way of connecting when away.

Technology can help bridge the gap between patients, staff and families to improve the life of the cognitively impaired

A lack of engagement plays a critical role in the day of an Alzheimer’s resident who often suffer from depression, loneliness and boredom. Current tools meant to bring joy and engagement to residents living with AD are not effective; these physical tools are mostly childish, unengag- ing and do not adapt well to different stages of the Disease. In the same respect,when family members visit residents who are affected by AD, they are apprehensive to engage with them, which means a lot of the time no engagement actually happens. Instead, a lot of the time, both parties come out confused, frustrated and discouraged. This un-constructive experience plays a critical role in the day of the residents, and has an impact on residents who often suffer from depression, mood changes and apathy.

FF Sero was selected because it combines the legibility and friendliness of a Humanist sans serif with the striking forms of an American Grotesque. This combination made it a great fit for Together. Its distinct x-height allows for easier legibility amongst people who have difficulties reading at smaller sizes and because of its homogeneous grey scale value every letterform stands out. FF Sero Light and Medium in combination were chosen for contrast and cohesiveness through branding and design.

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