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Headline: facilitating positive interactions between PWDs and care partners through storytelling and community-building.
- Problem: maintaining a meaningful conversation can become frustrating for both PWDs and their care partners due to effects of cognitive decline.
- Solution: TellMe, an app that a) structures conversations using questions and prompts encouraging reminiscence in the PWD; b) can record the conversation for legacy creation; and c) has a community forum options for PWDs and care partners to share their experiences and converse with one another.
Build: InVision prototype and WordPress multisite.
Anna Zissou - design/marketing/branding
Ian King - frontend dev/website and marketing
Julie Zhang - @Julie_Z - public health and dementia student, caregiver
Marium Masood - psychology student
Team NightOwl comprises of Marium and Julie, who are psychology and human biology students respectively and Anna and Ian, who specialize in design, marketing and front-end development. TellMe is the brainchild of these diverse fields. Reflecting on our personal experiences with dementia, we were encouraged to pull as much positivity out of it as possible. This positivity came to us in the form of ‘stories’. Our loved ones may not remember today’s date, but they can give you a detailed description of the summer of ‘69 when they got their first real six-string. We’ve created a product to immortalize these personal narratives, and to take the edge off conversations between care partners and PWD. The NightOwl Team hopes to take a patient-centred approach to improving the quality of life for people with dementia and their care partners.
The vision for TellMe is for allow PWDs and their care partners can maintain a fluid and positive interaction. The act of reminiscence serves as a powerful reminder that the PWD is so much more than their illness. Added feature of interaction recordings will provide family with a personal narration of their loved one’s legacy. Finally, community forums gives PWDs a safe, accessible and pleasant environment to socialize with similar people.