There are currently 850,000 people in the UK today living with dementia, a number that is forecast to rise to over one million by 2025 and more than double that figure by 2050. These rising figures confirm that the demand for these products will increase over the years.
The two main symptoms of Dementia are short term memory loss and time orientation problems; it’s no wonder that it is the second most feared condition across adults. Designability, a Bath-based charity supply people with dementia and Alzheimer’s with products that make their daily life a lot easier and help them regain their independence.
Hazel Boyd, User Interface Engineer at Designability said: "Time orientation problems can be very distressing and can cause a lot of repeated questions for the person with dementia because they can't be sure what time of the day it is.” But with simple products like the Day Clock, this problem can be resolved.
User Interface Engineer
A lot of work is put into not overcomplicating the product, the Ward Clock for example, has colour coordinated power and HDMI leads, to easily show what cable goes where. The Ward Clocks are programmed to the customer specification before shipping, so that the customer doesn't have to alter the date or time themselves.
Designability based the Day Clock mostly on market research, after a few weeks of testing the trial Day Clock, they were able to respond to feedback and create a simple yet effective product which could improve the life and well-being of a person with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Also available in many languages, the Day Clock is now sold worldwide.
Recently the Day Clock and One Button Radio have been mentioned in the Bath Chronicle, highlighting the difference it can make. This article can be found here.
More information about Designability's products can be found on the charity's website, www.designability.org.uk.