September 9, 2015

A Loving Granddaughter Improves Mealtimes for Alzheimer's Patients

CNN carried an interesting story about industrial designer Sha Yao’s creative effort to make mealtimes easier and better for her Alzheimer’s-afflicted grandmother.

Focusing on her elderly relative’s well-being and dignity, Yao decided to create tableware that would assist and encourage her grandmother at the dining table.

The result? Eatwell, an “assistive” tableware set for people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other cognitive impairments.

Yao discovered that white dishes were sometimes difficult for AD patients. She learned that it helped to contrast the inside and outside of bowls with different bright colors. Less food spilled when the bowls had perpendicular sides.

It was also easier for patients when bowls featured slanted bases, so food collected on one side, making it easier to locate and eat.

 Curved spoons made mealtimes even easier.

The food-filled tray:

It’s an uplifting piece that shows the power of study, will, and imagination. 

Here’s the full story.

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