Post Hack (March 10, 2017):
@GreenCareLabs had a fabulous time at DementiaHack. We would love to be in touch and discuss possibilities! Remember, All things living
Beautiful Official Team Photo:
A gardening care club for people living with dementia and fully functioning research lab testing tech.
The Green Care Club is a service, a social enterprise that connects people living with dementia to nature and researchers to a participant pool.
Wi-Fi connected accelerometer and FitBit heart-rate monitoring hardware systems. These devices transmit data to be stored in a SQL relational database. This information is presented to a front-end web-based server page. HTML and jQuery Libraries used to make a user-friendly front-end.
Rebekah Churchyard - @Rebekah_C lead, visionary
Chris Wilson - @Chris_W
hardware, mech engineer, design
David Castelino - @David_C
hardware, front end developer, analytics
Owen Bradley - @theoandtheb
back end developer, data collection, streaming, reporting
Erica Dove - @Erica_D
research design, artistic design
The full story:
Smell, touch, sight, sound, taste… What does it feel like to be alive?
People living with dementia are not often given opportunities to connect with nature. At times, time outdoors or with gardening tools is considered unsafe.
The Green Care Club is a service; a social enterprise that connects people living with dementia to nature, researchers to a participant pool and tech companies to a testing environment.
The Living Lab team is a great balance of research assistants, developers (front and back), engineers and social work.
Contact with nature is a human element. The Living Lab is a fun way to use technology to measure physical activity, engagement with environment, social engagement and procedural learning.
People living with dementia are offered a fun, meaningful program which connects them to nature. Care partners are offered a respite service that also provides transportation to and from the Lab.
People living with dementia and care partners will be linked to this program through partnerships with the Alzheimer’s Society, Memory Clinics and primary care physician referrals.
(Word-of-mouth is a bonus too!)
The 8-week timeline of project-based programming makes it possible for people living with dementia to participate at a rate they are comfortable with. (If they love it they could participate in many projects over many years!)
(Ask us about consent!)
The social enterprise business model allows for academics, government and the private sector to work together.
There will be 4 8-week time periods available a year for testing. (e.g. for a one-year project, this could be 4 Phases, each one lasting 8 weeks, will 4 weeks off for calibration, swapping out tech and switching activities/topics in programming).
Academics are invited to implement their respective studies within the project timelines provided. The service provision will include recommendations of technologies for measuring anticipated outcomes (e.g. physical activity).
Government/health care sector is crucial for vetting this new design. Their support with subsidies to assist people living with dementia in accessing, affording and travelling to the gardening programing is crucial. Data sharing agreements with Public Health are paramount for the longitudinal and big data possibilities to be realized.
Tech companies are invited to consider testing their tech within the Living Lab, accessing the ready participant pool. The Living Lab Service timeline allows for 4 Phases of 8-weeks to be implemented in one fiscal year. There are 4 OFF periods between Phases. Each OFF period can be used for data transfer, aggregation and analysis. During this time, tech can be swapped, calibrated and tested.
There is potential to operationalize, replicate and expand to include many stakeholders. First, The Living Lab needs to run a pilot project, with excellent design. Then, the Living Lab can include the following expansion options:
- physical replication of the lab (e.g. in long-term care or a university)
- mobile tech usage (bringing tech to a project)
- integrate the program as a service for care planning (e.g. home care)
The Living Lab is a service to connect people living with dementia to meaningful engagement and integrate the research of academics, government and tech companies. There are many, many possible projects that could utilize this service. (E.g. EEG, olfactory reactions, procedural learning, heart rate variability, emotional well-being, sensory experiences, etc.) (What are your ideas?)
It is a wonderful way for people living with dementia to be supported, where they’re at, one day at a time while contributing to research.
(Also a beautiful environment and a ton of fun!)