You guys know how prevalent Alzheimer's disease is.
With one in three seniors living with the disease, I'm certain you've known someone who has it.
Some of the most devastating parts are not what we usually hear about when people discuss the disease. Alzheimer's robs people of so much more than their memory and has several difficult stages that manifest themselves in unexpected ways.
If you've loved someone with Alzheimer's you've probably wondered what it was like to have the disease. Understanding what it is like can help you understand how to cope.
Put yourself in their shoes
Alexander Tarvet, a student studying Game Design & Production Management at Abertay University in Dundee, Scotland developed Forget-Me-Knot, a game that lets you step into the shoes of someone with dementia. Here's a video of his game.
The wandering and aimlessness you experience in the game reminds me of the many interactions I've had with people with Alzheimer's. As a former caregiver, I am struck by the tension of the scene -- I kept imagining falling into the fire or breaking things around the house in my clumsiness.
As a first person game, Forget-Me-Knot will go far in helping those who love someone with Alzheimer's understand what their loved one is experiencing. Read more about Forget-Me-Knot on Engadget.
The presentation and my notes from my portion of the presentation at South by Southwest (SXSW). My perspective was mostly focused on the utilitarian purpose fo 3D printed food -- particularly for those with Swallowing Disorders (Dysphagia).
Dysphagia is the medical term for the symptom of difficulty in swallowing. Dysphagia brings a major life change. Advancements in the word of 3D printing open the door for more people to enjoy nutritious, fresh food.
A few notes about my submission to the Panel Picker for the 2016 SXSW Interactive festival.
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A video game, Forget-Me-Knot, helps people understand what it is like to have Alzheimer's.
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