Designing for positive emotion: Ludic artifacts to support wellbeing for people with dementia

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Conference Proceeding
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9th International Conference on Design and Emotion 2014: The Colors of Care, 2014, pp. 545 - 551
Issue Date:
2014-01-01
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This paper presents recent research investigating the development of playful artefacts to support the wellbeing of people with dementia. It describes the initial scoping phase of the research and draws from two funded projects: one in South Wales, UK, and the other in Sydney, Australia. The context for the study is explained and the global scale of the research problem defined. The benefits of playful activities across the life-course are identified, and the importance of hand uses, crafting, and creativity in later life are discussed. Research findings indicate that playful activities, particularly those that involve hand use, promote positive emotion and contribute to subjective wellbeing. These studies are being used to scope the design and development of ludic artefacts (age appropriate toys) for use in residential eldercare settings for people with dementia.
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