( University graduation production )
Because of the advent of an aging society, research shows that the proportion of elderly people with dementia rises as they age. We have found that in many places in their lives, it is difficult for them to take care of their own selves because of this psychological issue. If they go out, they will be lost and confused, making the family's care process more and more difficult.
The most common type of dementia is Alzheimer's disease. The typical initial symptom is memory impairment. The patient will forget what has just happened (short-term memory is poor), while the memory of a long time ago (long-term memory) is relatively unaffected at the beginning of the disease.
Dementia affects language ability, comprehension, exercise ability, short-term memory, the ability to recognize everyday items, reaction time, personality, execution ability, and problem solving ability. Even if there is no sign of mental decline, there are often delusions (present in 15-56% of Alzheimer’s patients), for example, suspecting that the mirror is another person.
The symptoms of dementia also include changes in personality or behavior. Many patients diagnosed with dementia develop intense confusion symptoms during the early stages of hospitalization. The elderly may also have symptoms of psychological change caused by other medications, surgery, infections, lack of sleep, improper diet, dehydration, change of residence, or personal crisis. This is called delirium and the symptoms are similar to psychosis or dementia.
Most people with dementia may also have symptoms of insanity. Although symptoms may be relieved by close care, improved living environment and diet; psychiatric drugs can also help stabilize mood, reduce hallucinations, or impulse control. But at present, the drugs have not been able to slow down the degeneration of the brain. Dementia patients also often exhibit symptoms of depression, and it is best to be diagnosed and treated by professional medical personnel.
(Take Taiwan as an example)
The number of reported cases was mainly due to dementia, followed by poor mental health. The lost elderly have weak self-care ability, so it is urgent to find a job.
Forget to go home
Forgot what they did
Forget the current time and date
Lost recent memory and repeat the same thing
Forget everything around them
Forget who the people around them don’t even recognize themselves
Accident handling ability
Gradually lose the ability to deal with accidents
Often confuse things around
Peripheral nerve degeneration
Hand shaking, confusion of perceptual response
A hallucination occurs
Suspect that there are other people around
Blame others for moving their own things
Allow dementia seniors to live a safer and more comfortable life, while reducing family worries about them.
Families of dementia patients
Always nervous and worried
How to share their tension and pressure
Reduce the burden on caregivers
Need to be cared for at all times
How to reassure family members
Reassure family members even when they are unaccompanied
What trade-offs may these customers make? What might their needs be?
Maintain the quality of life of patients
Reduce stress for caregivers
Steady patient's cognitive function
Maintain the maximum capacity of the patient
Treat patients with emotional and abnormal behavior problems
Dementia patients is a disease that affects many elderly people. Symptoms include sleep apnea, memory loss and confusion, making it especially hard for sufferers to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.
Smart Light combined with infrared sensing, analyzes the movement of dementia patients to get up from the bed through displacement sensing to turn on the lights, and adopts a progressive lighting mode to avoid visual confusion caused by glare.
When the dementia patient assumes a sitting position, Smart Light will detect the displacement drop caused by the lying to sitting position and turn on the light; when the dementia patient gets up and walks, Smart Light detects more A large displacement drop converts the brightness with a higher success rate and illuminates the visual field of the demented patient to reduce the chance of the dementia patient falling.
Balance to help Smart Light judged more correct.
Data instant gap
Turn on the inspection function
When a dementia patient falls accidentally, Baro Floor will turn on the system due to the momentary pressure drop. At this time, it will detect the area occupied by the body and its temperature through the body temperature sensor. If the station is large in area and has a temperature, it will notify the families of demented patients to go to check it immediately through the APP alarm sound to grasp the golden rescue time.
It is presented in the form of assembled floor mats to be able to choose and purchase according to the different size.
We Created a system that can immediately notify family members of demented patients when an accident occurs, reduce the burden on caregivers, and adopt modern technology as a link between products. Iworked closely with my teammate Hanni to plan the project roadmap and milestones.
Communicate With our target users from time to time and get feedback from them. For demented patients, the greater the pressure the higher the probability of onset. Therefore, it is necessary to prevent dementia patients from knowing that they are helping or supervising them.Urgoalie helps family members of demented patients reduce the burden of stress. Now they can sleep peacefully and Urgoalie will take care of demented patients during sleep time.
Modern technology is certainly convenient, but the price is relatively uncommon. For the induction system used in the current conceptual products, if mass production and listing are to be launched in the future, what price will it have to face so that the average family can afford it. Must think about how to simplify complex professional work, but also requires a lot of cooperation and efforts of many participants.
It is also very important to not negatively impact the patient’s self-esteem, which also let me thoroughly understand how to proceed and proceed in the face of such issues in order to achieve the design goals.
These projects including my graduation project and work projects.
By the way, I'm in Taiwan!
( Feel free to discuss design ideas with me! If you want :P )