The concept is a digital photo-frame that is able to receive images and video messages through the accompanying app. The photo-frame and app provide the opportunity to collect life stories of the patient and their relatives. Making it easier to get to know the patient and start conversations around images and videos shared through the photo-frame.
Setting the stage
Statistics show that approx. 80,000 Danes are affected by dementia and are said to increase by 5% in the future (National Knowledge Center for Dementia, 2014). That means that by 2040 there will be about 164,000 Danes suffering from dementia which leads dementia to be one of the five most common causes of death in Denmark
When a person with dementia is admitted or cared for by persons he / she does not know the relationship can be challenged as the patients often cannot explain their past life or experiences themselves.
The independent institution Kallerupvej in Odense wants a tool that can help both citizens with dementia, relatives and staff with everyday memories. Thus making it easier to know each other by starting conversations around memories.
Research not only highlighted problems when starting conversation with people suffering from dementia, but the mental struggle families had to go through when the illness struck.
The photo-frame provides a sense of relief for relatives as they are able to keep the patient as part of their lives.
The patient gets to be a part of the day to day activities of their relatives, while still being able to participate in retirement-home activities.