Home Furnishings Designed For Alzheimer’s Patients Facilitate Daily Life

Home Furnishings Designed For Alzheimer’s Patients Facilitate Daily Life
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The Design for the Mind project had Pratt Institute students create household items to make living with Alzheimer's easier

Sara Roncero-Menendez
  • 28 june 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most challenging illnesses to treat, with those affected having to re-learn what are basic, everyday tasks to others. Students at the Pratt Institute were charged with designing household items to help patients live day-to-day in their own homes. The Design of the Mind project was created as a collaboration between the Pratt Institute, the Cooper Hewitt museum and non-profit organization CaringKind.

Each item was designed to address a specific task that proved difficult for Alzheimer’s patients. The students’ creations include the Sun/Moon Clock, which lights up as a sun or a crescent moon to help people distinguish day from night; a clothing organizer that replicates the format of a weekly pill box to help people find their clothes; the Velcro Wall Covering, which looks like wallpaper but allows people to stick items to the wall for easy-access; and even a special chair with flexible arms that can give people hugs. Together these items could help patients get through daily chores with less stress and worry. The designs were presented at the ICFF trade show in May, where they won an Editor’s Award.

The challenge was meant to inspire the students to rethink the relationship between people and furnishings, according to a statement released by the Pratt Institute. “Objects and furnishings are understood not only as aesthetically pleasing, but are responsible for producing relationships, thoughts, ideas, and ways of being.”

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Alzheimer’s Disease is one of the most challenging illnesses to treat, with those affected having to re-learn what are basic, everyday tasks to others. Students at the Pratt Institute were charged with designing household items to help patients live day-to-day in their own homes. The Design of the Mind project was created as a collaboration between the Pratt Institute, the Cooper Hewitt museum and non-profit organization CaringKind.

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