News Item – Engineering purpose for people with dementia

With just over 413,100 people living with dementia in Australia and 244 joining that number every day, new technologies being trialled in Canada to reduce challenging behaviours are welcome news.

Dementia represents a large group of illnesses that cause a progressive decline, according to Dementia Australia, and refers broadly to loss of memory, intellect, rationality, social skills and physical functioning. It can also affect problem-solving and language.

Engineers in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto have developed and trialled a wall-mounted activity station known as Abby, designed for people with late-stage dementia.

Full article at: Engineers Australia