You might not have dementia, but you may know someone who does. According to the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada, by 2031, 1.4 million people will be living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias. In 2011, 747,000 Canadians (that’s 14.9 per cent of Canadians 65 and older) lived with some form of dementia.
So, yeah, it’s an issue that exists and persists. But did you know that eating is actually rather difficult for someone who suffers with it? Simple tasks like maneuvering utensils or identifying food (even when it’s in front of you) can become quite challenging, but Eat Well has designed a meal set to help serve this population better.
The design is based on years of research out of Boston University and elsewhere – and the Eat Well set took first place at the 2014 Stanford Design Challenge. It’s now available for pre-order ($144) via its IndieGoGo page, but let’s talk features for a second.
The tableware applies research from Boston University that found people with dementia distinguish food better by using bright colours. The bright colours help “reduce visual impairment” which leads to the consumption of “24 per cent more food and 84 per cent more liquid.”
Other design details include a slanted bottom design, which allows users to gather food without scooping. There’s also a right angle side which allows users to collect the food more simply. This also prevents food from accidentally falling out of the bowl. This is an amazing idea and a truly noble design and it’s definitely worthy of a little love.