Kanvar Nayer: The Development of a Personalised Multimedia System for Individuals With Dementia
An exhibition of work by MADA PhD candidate Kanvar Nayer.
Residents at aged-care facilities face challenges posed by the common symptoms of dementia, in particular loss of self-reliance (which may lead to depression), boredom, isolation and loneliness.
Kanvar Nayer’s research aimed to propose and develop a response to these challenges within the context of an industrial design study. The outcome was a multimedia system consisting of a dedicated physical dimension offering personalised multimedia to individuals with dementia through specially considered information architecture.
The exhibition summarises the research and presents the multimedia system that has shown potential in: providing a high degree of autonomous use to residents at any stage of dementia; reducing depression and anxiety in mild dementia; alleviating agitation in moderate or severe dementia; adapting to the deterioration in impairment levels; and providing high levels of enjoyment to affected individuals, their family members and caregivers.