Coming up with the right treatment for people above the age of sixty-five who has dementia has been a challenge in current society. Dementia is a condition that damages brain cells and results in a decline in mental ability. Most of the symptoms associated with the condition include difficulty in reasoning and solving problems, difficulty in planning and organising, and confusion. Multi-sensory therapy is a non-pharmacological treatment that provides patients with different forms of stimulation to active their senses in order to improve their mental abilities.
This project consists of a set of three interactive cushions for conducting multi-sensory stimulation therapy for elderly people suffering dementia symptoms. The cushions incorporate e-textile elements to deliver three different types of stimulation, namely, sound, light, and vibration. The project was developed in collaboration with Bendigo Health and aims to improve the comfort of elderly people receiving treatment at this hospital. The cushions and sensory activities they facilitate, aim to improve their mood, communication skills, and sleep patterns.