Designing for Positive emotion: ludic artefacts to support wellbeing for people with dementia
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This paper presents recent research investigating the development of playful artefacts to support the wellbeing of people with dementia. It describes the initial scoping phase of the research and draws from two funded projects: one in South Wales, UK, and the other in Sydney, Australia. The context for the study is explained and the global scale of the research problem defined. The benefits of playful activities across the life-course are identified and the importance of hand use, crafting and creativity in later life are discussed. Research findings indicate that playful activities, particularly those that involve hand use, promote positive emotion and contribute to subjective wellbeing. These studies are being used to scope the design and development of ludic artefacts (age appropriate toys) for use in residential eldercare settings for people with dementia.
Colors of Care: 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion;
Treadaway, C., Kenning, G., Coleman, S. (2014). In: Juan Salamanca, Pieter Desmet, Andrés Burbano, et al. (eds) Colors of Care: 9th International Conference on Design and Emotion Bogota, Columbia: Design and Emotion Society; Universidad de Los Andes
The authors would like to thank the following for their contribution to this research: Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Art and Design (CARIAD), Welsh Assembly Government, Gwalia Cyf, AgeCymru, OPAN and the Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.