Exploring how an interactive placemat can influence eating activities for people with dementia

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People with dementia often face problems during eating activities, due to the loss of physical and cognitive functioning. With an increasing amount of research suggesting how everyday sounds can have beneficial effects for people with dementia, we raise the question whether everyday sounds related to eating can improve dining experiences in care facilities. To explore this, we deployed an interactive placemat during the eating activities of people with dementia. Observations and interviews gave insight into the interactions with the placemat, how these interactions offered distractions and the general atmosphere during eating activities. We encourage design-researchers to explore how sound-based interventions promote good eating behaviors, but an understanding of how people with dementia engage with sound and other sensory stimuli is needed in order for these interventions to be successful.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDementia Lab 2019. Making Design Work
Subtitle of host publicationEngaging with Dementia in Context - 4th Conference, D-Lab 2019, Proceedings
EditorsRens Brankaert, Wijnand IJsselsteijn
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783030335397
Publication statusPublished - 9 Oct 2019
Event4th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2019 - Eindhoven, Netherlands
Duration: 21 Oct 201922 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929
ISSN (Electronic)1865-0937


Conference4th Dementia Lab Conference, D-Lab 2019
OtherDementia Lab 2019 : Making design work: engaging with dementia in context


  • Care homes
  • Dementia
  • Eating experience
  • Everyday sounds
  • Research through design


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