Sander van der Zwan
It is known that the problem of dementia is growing. Currently, about 47 million people around the world are suffering from the disease. It is estimated that this number will increase the upcoming years, reaching 131 million people in 2050. As you all know, Dementia is an illness which gradually diminishes the capacity of the person in question to process information. Therefore, these people often have difficulties completing multistep activities, which leads to an increasing dependency on other people or technology. This, in turn, results in a huge emotional shock for the caretaker as well as the caregiver (often husband or wife). In order to support these people in this process, we together with our end users, designed GUIDEmentia.
GUIDEmentia is a device that supports people with dementia with multistep activities. Each difficult multi-step activity in the house has its own sticker. By scanning the sticker with the device, the caretaker will get to see a series of videos of the various steps taken within that activity. Through this separation of steps, we managed to allow one of our users to make coffee again, and through this returned part of his lost independency.In the future, we hope to continue testing with new prototypes and in the end, give back this independency to many others suffering from the decease. However, in order to continue the project, we are searching for either an investment or a programmer to help us develop our next prototype. We are eager to hear from you!