The first Hand i Pockets Funshop was held at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney as part of Sydney Design week. The collaborative design project between Dr Gail Kenning and Professor Cathy Treadaway explored creative ways to design objects and activities for those impacted by ageing and dementia. Carers, family and friends and health care professionals and the general public were involved in the design process. Importantly the aim of the research was to focus, not only, on the development of objects or activities, but also on sustainable, replicable design processes that could be used by non-creative professionals to create personal objects and activities for individuals. The focus for this project was on the lack of activities for people with dementia outside of organised activities and when alone or with friends, family, health care professionals or other residents in care centres. Participants will be encouraged to use their own experience of ‘in the moment’ fun and joy to design objects or activities for an older person, or draw on their own experiences of person with dementia.
Hand i Pocket Workshop at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
As part of Age Positive Week, Age Cymru supported a Hand i Pocket funshop. Participants made Hand i Pockets; fun textile object designed to stimulate tactile and playful activity with people with dementia. Carers, friends, family and healthcare professionals are invited to take part, creating a personalized textile item.