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​URECA Art and Design for Health and Wellbeing Projects, in partnership with Ng Teng Fong General Hospital

Published on: 12-Sep-2017

URECA AY16/17 Students Grace Goh Hui Een (Product Design), Khaw June Ming (Animation) and Cassandra Seah Ei Lyn (Product Design) projects on engagement tools for people living with dementia was showcased at the 2nd Arts&Health Festival at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital on 7 September. The projects were developed over 10 months under the supervision of Asst. Prof. Michael Tan in partnership with the hospital’s allied healthcare staff. Drawing on findings from their ethnographic observations at the hospital, the trio developed :

- ‘Jiak Ba Buay’: A Multi-Sensorial Engagement Tool Kit for Volunteers by Grace provides a set of culturally relevant, multi-sensorial engagement tool kit for volunteers interacting with elders with dementia.

- Tangram Zoo: Animation in Hospital by Khaw June Ming, introduce animation as a tool to assist in occupational therapy rehabilitation through the use of tangram puzzles, and

- Match link: A Multi-sensorial Game to Engage Persons with Dementia by Cassandra Seah aims to engage and stimulate PWD’s with the intention to increase functional ability and prevent decline. Matchlink has different levels of cognitive and sensory skills, which can be applied by OTs on patients with varying intensity of dementia taking into consideration the hospital setting and the patient’s needs.

Their work were met with interest and enthusiasm by a group of nurses, occupational therapist and doctors during their prototype presentation on 19 July 2017. Talks are under way to explore application of their work in the hospital.

Featured news at Zaobao Newspaper, 8 September 2017

Featured news at Berita Harian. 13 September 2017​

Featured news at The Straits Times. 10 October 2017 (page B13)

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