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A device with specialised interfaces to encourage autonomous use by people with mild-moderate and severe dementia.

“In memory of my grandparents, I wanted to create a device that would improve the quality of lives of the elderly. I get a great sense of satisfaction when I see some joy in residents using the device.” – Kanvar Nayer, PhD Student

Studies conducted into interventions for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (referred to as BPSD) have found that non-medicinal interventions, in particular personalised multimedia are effective in reducing the symptoms of dementia.

At Monash University, the Faculty of Art Design and Architecture in collaboration with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology are in the final stages of developing a personalised multimedia device that individuals with dementia may use independently to access their favourite music, videos, photographs and pre-recorded messages from their family and friends.

The device has been developed in close collaboration with a group of elderly residents at Melbourne-based aged care facilities. Results from the tests have reported positively to providing autonomous use and a degree of independence to individuals with dementia.

Dr Tanya Davison, Aged Mental Health Research Unit
Professor Daniel O’Connor, Aged Mental Health Research Unit
Eva van der Ploeg, Aged Mental Health Research Unit
A/Professor Arthur de Bono
Selby Coxon
Kanvar Nayer

Kanvar Nayer, MemoryBox

A personalised multimedia device for individuals with dementia.


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