Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is incurable but it is treatable; both drug and non-drug treatments of its symptoms are available. Non-drugtherapies are consisting of physical and social components, which could be supported and assistedby designerly way of thinking. Besides, literature inquiry corroborates that new ways of interventions/approaches are desperately needed for the wellbeing ofboth the patients and their caregivers. In this research, person centreddesign approach is adapted. Accordingly, this research mind-set is set participatory, whereby healthcare professionals and patients’ relatives are considered the experts and equal partners throughout the investigation process. Face to face interviews are conducted. Their real life experiencescoping with the problematic symptoms are highlighted. In this direction theirrecommendations and suggestions are listed asdesignguidelines for the further investigations. Besides, the findings indicate that the created design concept which focuses on enhancing the patient’s emotional state and keeping these positive emotions as long as possible by suggesting nonverbal commination cues as a toolcould lead the upcoming researches in this area

Designing Therapeutic Support for the People with Alzheimer’s disease. A designerly way of Investigation

BIAMONTI, ALESSANDRO;
2017

Abstract

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is incurable but it is treatable; both drug and non-drug treatments of its symptoms are available. Non-drugtherapies are consisting of physical and social components, which could be supported and assistedby designerly way of thinking. Besides, literature inquiry corroborates that new ways of interventions/approaches are desperately needed for the wellbeing ofboth the patients and their caregivers. In this research, person centreddesign approach is adapted. Accordingly, this research mind-set is set participatory, whereby healthcare professionals and patients’ relatives are considered the experts and equal partners throughout the investigation process. Face to face interviews are conducted. Their real life experiencescoping with the problematic symptoms are highlighted. In this direction theirrecommendations and suggestions are listed asdesignguidelines for the further investigations. Besides, the findings indicate that the created design concept which focuses on enhancing the patient’s emotional state and keeping these positive emotions as long as possible by suggesting nonverbal commination cues as a toolcould lead the upcoming researches in this area
Design for Next: Proceedings of the 12th European Academy of Design Conference
978-1-138-09023-1
DESIGN, ALZHEIMER, INNOVATION
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