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In the Summer of 2020 I was hired as an Interaction Design intern for the Memory Care Experience Station project. It has been one of the most challenging and fulfilling experiences I've ever had.

This page is about the role I played in the creation of the station, to read about the full process please check out the official page.

This project was nominated for 2 awards -

Fast Company 2022 World Changing Ideas Award (Finalist)

Scan Innovation Awards 2021 (Honorable Mention)

Brief

Create an engaging experience for the residents at the SFCJL, to help them counter the effects of Alzheimer's.

Delivered

Primary & Secondary Research, Iteration Sketches, Experience Diagrams, Physical Prototypes, Videos, Unity Tech Demo.

Tools

Figma, Physical media, Premiere, Scent emitters, VR, Unity, Motion Sensors, and more.

Project type

  • Internship
  • ~7 months
  • Design for Healthcare

What is the Memory Care Experience Station?

The station is an experience designed to provide engagement and mental stimulation to people living with dementia.

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What does it do?

The station simultaneously stimulates multiple senses though a combination of imagery, sound, smell, and tactile stimulation. Residents can choose experiences they are interested in, such as a rocket launch, a cooking experience, a calm drive, or more.

Where does the station live?

The Experience Station lives as a part of the San Francisco Center for Jewish Living (SFCJL). It is meant as an engaging experience for people living with Alzheimer's. The Station is operated by attendants at the SFCJL as they guide the residents through the experience.

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The Problem

One of the biggest problems for people living with dementia is a lack of engagement and stimulation. ´╗┐This leads to isolation, boredom, and other behavioral challenges.

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Brief (provided by SFCJL)

Design experience stations that enable residents with dementia to engage in daily sensory therapy, play, and social interaction.

The process

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Email

hridaew@gmail.com