Last week I attended an all day conference hosted by the Stanford Center on Longevity. The event centered around the centers first student Design Challenge and was themed “maximizing independence for those with cognitive impairment.”
There were 52 submissions from 15 countries of which 7 finalists were selected to present. The finalists came from as far as Singapore and Copenhagen and as close as San Francisco. The winning idea — as selected by a panel of educators, senior care professionals, and investors — was EatWell created by Sha Yao representing the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco.
Ms. Yao’s seven piece tableware set addresses the daily challenges people with Alzheimer’s face. According to Ken Smith, Center on Longevity’s Director of Mobility and one of the organizers of the challenge, “blue was chosen as the color of the insides of bowls because dementia sufferers can become confused when the food…
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