Lecturers : Dr Judith Glover and Dr Areli Avendano

Research Partners :  Alzheimer’s Victoria

 

Alzheimer Disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia affecting half to 2/3rds of dementia suffers *. Governments and health services worldwide identify it a major health challenge in the coming decades. The Gavan Institute of Medical Research states ‘In 2009 the number of Australians with dementia was estimated to be 245,000.’ ^.

AD affects a person’s mental and physical state resulting in a loss of the quality of life and eventually death. Due to the high levels of patient’s care that are eventually needed, those providing care are also affected. While non-pharmacologic interventions are favoured for AD’s management and ongoing care; many products and services remain un-designed or ineffectively developed.

How can design play a key role in the management and ongoing care for Dementia patients through innovative product-service design interventions?

Guided by lecturers Dr Glover (Product innovation) and Dr Avendano (Service Design) in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Victoria, you will address an AD problem through user-centred design and empathy principles as means for innovation. Through the use of service design tools and methods you will research themes such as: Memory, Activity and Engagement, Everyday Life Functioning, Connection and Intimacy, or Carers and Family Support and Wellbeing. To then develop a product-service system in the form of a prototype and/or visual mappings of the proposed system.

Footnotes

https://vic.fightdementia.org.au/about-dementia/resources/help-sheets#Changed-behaviours-and-dementia

http://www.garvan.org.au/research/diseases-we-research/alzheimers-disease?gclid=CIKqzvu-ssoCFVgkvQodPdkDzg