Ludic Artefacts: Using Gesture and Haptics (LAUGH) to support subjective wellbeing of people with dementia

Lead Research Organisation: Cardiff Metropolitan University
Department Name: Cardiff School of Art and Design

Abstract

The LAUGH project builds on the applicant's previous AHRC funded research investigating handcraft, playfulness and wellbeing and OPAN and HEFCW funded research into ageing. The UK Co-I will bring to the project track record of research concerning haptics and dementia and the International Co-I in technology, handcraft and wellbeing. The project will be supported by Wales' National Centre for Product Design and Research, which has extensive experience in design research and product development. This project proposes an investigation into handcraft and playfulness in relation to dementia in order to inform the development of ludic artefacts (age appropriate toys) to support the wellbeing of people with dementia (PwD). The aim is to develop innovative playful devices that amuse, distract, comfort, engage, bring joy, and promote 'in the moment' living. The proposed research is timely as it addresses the call by the World Health Organisation and the G8 Dementia Summit for international collaboration in order to address the global challenge of the ageing population.

Many older people enjoy creative pursuits and leisure activities that involve making and crafting such as knitting, crochet, woodcraft and DIY etc. People with dementia may be able to continue to practice craft skills learnt earlier in life; however memory of the structure and rules of making, reliant on cognitive function, may decline. For example PwD may continue to be able to form the stitches when knitting but can no longer follow a knitting pattern; the rhythms of making, muscle memory and emotional memory systems appear to be retained despite cognitive degeneration. This investigation will examine ways in which hand use, rhythms and gestures found in traditional handcrafting activities can be used to inform the development of playful artefacts.

The intention will be to design new playful devices to amuse and stimulate people with dementia and bring them joy, fun and laughter. The research will investigate how handcrafting promotes positive emotion; identify the manual skills that are retained despite cognitive decline in PwD and examine the ways in which haptics, gesture and sensory stimulation contribute to subjective wellbeing in later life. Those in the caring professions advocate the use of children's toys and have observed the comfort they bring to people with dementia. However there is an acknowledgment by professionals of the stigma attached to PwD playing with children's toys. This is attributed to a perceived loss of dignity, mainly by relatives and friends, rather than the person with dementia themselves. Findings from the applicant's previous research indicate there is currently a need for age appropriate playful devices specifically designed for people with dementia. This project proposes inclusive participatory design research to inform the development of new kinds of playful devices. These will build bridges between craft and hobby activities that are perceived positively by society and toys that are not. Playful artefacts will be developed to support the wellbeing of those for whom life has become limited due to memory loss or cognitive impairment.

The research will investigate ways of integrating smart materials and digital technology into designs to supplement physical and material properties. It proposes to explore new ways of augmenting traditional craft activities to provide additional sensory and communication properties. This will make it possible for PwD to interact with the devices either independently or socially and provide opportunities to personalise the experience (for example by including family photographs or favourite music). By integrating electronics and sensors, designs for new types of age appropriate toys will be developed. A toolkit for designing playful devices for PwD will be proposed, based on the findings from the research, in order to inform the design community and care professionals working in the sector

Planned Impact

The proposed research will enhance the lives of people with dementia, their families and carers and be of benefit to society as a whole. It will investigate playful activities involving hand-use and propose the development of ludic artefacts (age appropriate toys) to promote positive emotion and enhance subjective wellbeing. Impact will be realised within the funding period for those stakeholders participating in the research and over the longer term through dissemination via professional associations, networks, professional development and training. The beneficiaries will include:
- People with dementia
- Families, carers
- Care professionals: occupational therapists, art and hand therapists, dementia nurses
- NHS medical services: doctors, psychologists and psychiatrists
- Social Care providers: Local Authorities and not for profit businesses (e.g. - Gwalia Cyf, Community Housing Cymru, REACT, BUPA etc.)
- Charities (e.g. Age UK, Alzheimer's Society, Dementia Positive)

This research will inform policy regarding future care for the ageing population and indicate new priorities for research and innovation. It will propose new non-pharmacological interventions, which will have economic impact by reducing government healthcare spending over the longer term. The international collaboration with FASS at the University of Technology Sydney will provide opportunity for rapid global impact through shared designs, prototypes and findings. The research will help inform and increase the effectiveness of social care policy and foster global economic performance through development of new kinds of products and services over the medium term. Beneficiaries include:
- International governments
- World Health Organisation
- Commonwealth governments
- UK government departments: policymaking related to healthcare and older people
- Regional government: informing initiatives and policy making e.g. Welsh Assembly Government: Ageing Well in Wales, and the Commissioner for Older People in Wales
- Local government: informing social care provision and services for older people e.g. day centres, residential care, community centres

The research also has potential to contribute to the UK economy through the development of new designs patents and services. It will propose a toolkit for designing devices for PwD that include the use of smart materials, embedded electronics and new methods of fabrication. The research will be of interest to individuals, organisations and businesses involved in design, engineering, fabrication and materials technology including:
- Designers
- Technologists
- Materials scientists
- The Design Council
- British Crafts Council
- Industry: electronics industry; games and toy manufacturers
- Digital fabricators and mass customisation businesses
- Software manufacturers
- Engineers concerned with hand-use and bimanual coordination
- Assistive technologies and health care product designers and manufacturers: including brain injury, stroke and rehabilitation devices

Insights from the research concerning visual and tactile perception, hand-use, and manipulative skills of PwD will have the potential to inform:
- Development of new products, resources and service design for older people
- Architects: design for housing, public buildings and social care environments

CARIAD is committed to placing people at the heart of research and the proposed participatory project will make a difference to the SWB of PwD through their inclusion from the outset. CARIAD will support dissemination events, publication of the toolkit and website providing potential impact to occur rapidly, globally, individually and socially. Research staff will gain new transferable skills in working with new technologies and materials, design processes and requirements for designing for PwD applicable to a range of design contexts and service provision for vulnerable people with complex social needs.
 
Title LAUGH Playful objects for people living with advanced dementia 
Description A series of seven playful object prototypes for people living with advanced dementia. Each object is highly personalised and designed to give pleasure, soothe, comfort and support the well-being of people in the advanced stages of the disease. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The seven objects have been used with people living in residential dementia care and have been observed to have had significant impact on their wellbeing. In addition, carers reported that the objects also help them to do their jobs better by helping to stimulate conversation, fun and activity. They reported greater job satisfaction as a result. More information can be found in the following article: http://researchfeatures.com/2018/01/31/laugh-improves-wellbeing-happiness-advanced-dementia/ and in publications on the LAUGH website:www.laughproject.info 
URL http://www.laughproject.info
 
Title Sensory textiles 
Description A range of sensory textile artefacts: five aprons and two blankets made for people with late stage dementia. These playful objects were prototyped during a participatory workshop (LAUGH project launch and funshop June 6th 2015) and developed over the following four months. Each artefact is a bespoke design for a specific person living with dementia. Several of the artefacts are embedded with electronics to extend their sensory functionality e.g. to provide sound and vibration. The artefacts were handed over to the people for whom they were made in November 2015. 
Type Of Art Artefact (including digital) 
Year Produced 2015 
Impact The artefacts have been used in the care of people with late stage dementia to support their subjective wellbeing. Residents' families have expressed ways in which the artefacts have brought the residents pleasure, reduced agitation and facilitated non verbal communication. This has been documented in face to face interviews with family members and carers, and email correspondence with family members. 
 
Description Age Cymru Gwanwyn Festival small grant to make a video
Amount £500 (GBP)
Funding ID G2018/62 
Organisation Age UK 
Department Age Cymru
Start 01/2018 
End 05/2018
 
Title Compassionate Design Methodology 
Description Compassionate Design focuses on three vital components that are key when designing for people who are cognitively impaired: design that stimulates the senses, that is highly personalised and that helps to foster connections between people. It places loving-kindness at the heart of the design process, ensuring that design validates and maintains the dignity of the individual and provides them with sensory stimulation that connects them to others and the physical world around them - even when it is perceived differently by them and they may no longer be able to remember who they are. Compassionate Design places loving-kindness for others at the heart of the design process. It aims specifically to prioritise three constituent elements in the design process: • Personalised - design to retain a person's sense of self and maintain dignity • Sensory - design to keep in the present moment and not rely on past or future • Connecting - design to encourage moments of high quality connection with others The approach has been published in: 'Compassionate Design: How to Design for Advanced Dementia - a toolkit for designers' Pub. Cardiff Metropolitan University ISBN 978-0-9929482-8-3 March 2018 
Type Of Material Improvements to research infrastructure 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The Compassionate Design methodology has been used to guide the development of 7 playful object prototypes for people living with advanced dementia. These have been trailed with people living with the disease and have been observed to have had a significant impact on their wellbeing. See the following article and video: http://researchfeatures.com/2018/01/31/laugh-improves-wellbeing-happiness-advanced-dementia/ 
URL http://www.compassionatedesign.org
 
Description Age Cymru and My Home Life Cymru 
Organisation Age UK
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Development of playful objects or people living with late stage dementia.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise and advice about working with people living with dementia and their families. Access to networks of care home managers and carers in Wales.
Impact Multi-disciplinary: health/care, technology and design.
Start Year 2015
 
Description Alzheimer's NSW 
Organisation Alzheimer's Australia NSW
Country Australia 
Sector Hospitals 
PI Contribution We have met with Alzheimer's CEO and staff on a number of occasions to update them with regard to this projects and its developments in Australia and overseas
Collaborator Contribution Alzheimer's NSW provide access to their Dementia Advocates Group. This will enable us to make contact with people living with dementia to enable them to participate directly with us. The have provided letters of support
Impact .
Start Year 2014
 
Description Alzheimers Society Wales and Alzheimers Australia 
Organisation Alzheimer’s Society
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Development of playful objects for people living with late stage dementia.
Collaborator Contribution Advice and participation in activities; access to Service User Review Panel members (Wales) and Dementia Advocates (Alzheimer's Australia - NSW) to enable people living with dementia to participate in the research.
Impact Multi disciplinary: health/social care, technology and design
Start Year 2015
 
Description Gwalia Cyf 
Organisation Gwalia Cyf
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The LAUGH research will be designing playful objects (ludic artefacts) for people living with late stage dementia in residential care.
Collaborator Contribution Gwalia Cyf will be advising the project (members of the project Advisory Group) and facilitating access to residents living with dementia and their families in their homes and providing meeting room space. They will also be sending staff to participate in workshop activities, case studies and evaluation events.
Impact The collaboration is multidisciplinary: health/social care, technology and design
Start Year 2015
 
Description A Hand i Pocket Workshop with Student Volunteering Cymru Charity for Llandough Hospital 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hand i Pocket Workshop was led by Prof Cathy Treadaway in collaboration with Student Volunteering Cymru Charity. 15 participants, mainly undergraduate students and the majority Occupational Health students, attended and learnt how to make sensory textiles for people living with advanced dementia. Bespoke sensory textiles were made for patients on a dementia ward at Llandough Hospital, Cardiff. Workshop participants were supplied with patient interests and personal preferences to ensure that the textiles were personalised. The textiles made during the workshop were later given to patients by Student Volunteers from the organisation. This was an opportunity to share LAUGH research and Compassionate Design with the public. Following the success of this workshop with Student Volunteering Cymru, a second Hand i Pocket event was held in February in a different location. During the second event, the participants made sensory textiles for a different ward in the same hospital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description AHRC Development Lab: Arts and Cultural Interventions in Dementia FACT 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dr Jac Fennell presented the LAUGH project at the AHRC Development Lab: Arts and Cultural Interventions in Dementia on 28th September 2017 at FACT Liverpool. During this day-long event, participants mapped the current state of the field (arts and dementia) and explored future opportunities for collaborations across disciplines. The lab was part of a larger project to co-design a Creative Economy Health and Wellbeing Hub. As a result of this event an application for funding was made for a video that was subsequently funded by Age Cymru.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ageing Playfully Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a keynote invited presentation on LAUGH research as part of the Centre for Ageing Research Seminars at Lancaster University on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at Imagination Lab LICA. The audience comprised health professionals, carers, academics and care industry representatives. There was considerable interest from the audience and one participant has subsequently expressed interest in undertaking a PhD with members of the LAUGH research team.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://imagination.lancs.ac.uk/news/Inspiring_caregivers_employing_playful_ways_support_people_demen...
 
Description Ageing Well in Wales Celebration 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact This event was hosted by Welsh Assembly Government office of the Older People's Commissioner for Wales to showcase the Ageing well in Wales project, academic and community based projects with older people in Wales. The event comprised a conference with presentations from key politicians and organisations working with older people and an exhibition. The LAUGH project had a stand in the exhibition which was manned by LAUGH team members who were able to share information about the research with participants at the event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.erosh.co.uk/event/ageing-well-in-wales-celebrating-communities/
 
Description Best Practice in Care Homes Birmingham 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation about the LAUGH project by Dr Jac Fennell at Best Practice in Care Homes, Birmingham in October 2017. This is a new annual conference for the care home sector, organized by the publication Caring Times and Hawker Publications. The aim of the conference was to highlight the best practice around innovation and technology that is currently happening in care homes. Dr Fennell was approached by an international care home company after the presentation to explore ways of collaborating in future research. This has led to further meetings and new funding applications with the company as a research partner. There was also interest from editor of Caring Times to write an article on the LAUGH project in a future publication. A photo from Dr Fennell's presentation featured in the Caring Times November 2017 issue.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description British Society of Gerontology Conference 2017: Swansea, 5-7th July 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A presentation on the LAUGH project: 'Laughter and playfulness: designing objects to engage people with advanced dementia' was given as part of an invited symposium titled: 'Co-designing creative technologies with those in later life.' This presentation resulted in discussion about ways of engaging participants in dementia research involving technology and design and resulted in increased interest in the LAUGH project evidenced in emails and Twitter responses. The conference had 300 national and international delegates considered to be at the forefront of research, practice and policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.britishgerontology.org/events-jobs-news/bsg-events/past-conferences.html
 
Description Care Home Celebration Event (Llanelli) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was hosted by LAUGH project partner Gwalia Cyf at Gwalia Mynydd Mawr residential care home to celebrate the hand over of some sensor textiles that had been prototyped during the LAUGH project launch participatory Hack Funshop in June and subsequently developed into personalised artefacts for some of the residents in the home. The event brought together residents with dementia, their families, care staff and Gwalia management. The event provided an opportunity for family members and staff to learn about the LAUGH project and meet the research team and this resulted in further interest from families and care staff in involvement in the research.

The event impacted beneficially on residents in the dementia unit who each received a sensory textile gift and on staff and family members who witnessed their delight. Further visits to the care home were planned as a result of this event.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Clinical Innovation Wales (Cardiff) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This research colloquium, held at Cardiff School of Art and Design in collaboration with the Bill Mapleson Medical Innovation Centre brought together academics, industry and clinical practitioners, including British Ministry of Defence, Medi Wales and NHS professionals to discuss ideas and challenges facing clinical innovation. A number of participants were invited to show their research including the LAUGH design for dementia research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Conference presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation to professionals, industry people, practitioners and policy makers providing background to the research project and showing there is a need for broader engagement
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.artsandhealth.org.au/conferences/the-art-of-good-health-and-wellbeing-sydney-2015.html
 
Description Dementia Congress 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 09th November 2017 Dr David Prytherch gave a presentation at the 12th annual UK Dementia Congress 2017 'The LAUGH project: compassionate design for late stage dementia'. Over 700 delegates attended over the 3 days, including professional experts, people living with dementia and carers, health and social care workers as well as specialists in dementia from other sectors including care homes, academia, hospitals, hospices and creative arts. This event is recognised as the main conference for dementia in the UK.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Dementia Lab 2017, Dortmund, Germany 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Dementia Lab 2017 brought together design researchers and practitioners from around the world who are working in the field of design for dementia.
Prof Cathy Treadaway co-presented a paper with Dr Anke Jakob about designing for people living with advanced dementia:
Jakob, A., Manchester, H., and Treadaway, C. (2017) 'Sensory Design for Dementia Care: three stories.' This will be published in proceedings in 2018
As a result of this event we were approached by a company who were interested in the potential manufacture of LAUGH playful objects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.dementialab.com/The-Role-of-Design-2017/?section=publications
 
Description Design Research Society international academic conference Brighton June 27-30th 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cathy Treadaway gave a presentation about the LAUGH research: 'In the moment - designing for late stage dementia' as part of a special interest group on design and medical applications. The session was chaired by Peitr Desmet, one of the leading international figures in Positive Design and designing for wellbeing and the session led to a sharing of ideas around new methodologies and approaches. Cathy proposed a new 'Compassionate design' approach for designing for advanced dementia. As a result of interest stimulated by this presentation Cathy, received an invitation to write for a Canadian design journal and an invitation to speak at a symposium in Brisbane Australia in 2017.
The paper has subsequently been published in the conference proceedings and is open access.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://repository.cardiffmet.ac.uk/handle/10369/8131
 
Description Design4Health International Conference, Melbourne, Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Design4Health International Conference, Melbourne, Australia, December 2018. Design4Health is an international conference for health and design practitioners and researchers. It is a biennial conference, this time hosted by the Centre for Design Innovation, Faculty of Health, Arts and Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Dr Gail Kenning gave two paper presentations from the LAUGH research ('Design for Dementia: Making spaces for uncertainty' and 'Craft as Purpose: Co-design for people living with advanced dementia'). The purpose was to disseminate the LAUGH research in Australia and resulted in requests made to several members of the LAUGH team to review for the Design4Health journal. Interest stimulated by Dr Kenning's presentations are reflected in Twitter activity that was generated afterwards.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://twitter.com/LAUGHCardiffMet/status/938774232762286080
 
Description Designing for Dementia Symposium, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, 7th March 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Two presentations were given at this conference: Prof Cathy Treadaway (PI) presented the LAUGH research project and Dr Gail Kenning (Australian Co-I for LAUGH) presented the evaluation approach for LAUGH. Numerous networking connections were made via this event including interest from Dementia Training Australia for an on-line knowledge transfer seminar on LAUGH research. As a result of the 2 presentations, material from the LAUGH research is being incorporated into a course called 'Prototyping towards an Age Friendly City', at Qube Queensland University of Technology: http://www.thecube.qut.edu.au/education/2017/age-friendly-city.php In addition, the presentations also resulted in an invitation to contribute to a workshop: 'Soft Evaluations,' held at University of Wolverhampton in October 2017 by the MinD EU funded research consortium.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://research.qut.edu.au/designlab/2017/02/20/designing-for-dementia-symposium/
 
Description Does Design Care 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An AHRC funded 2 day symposium attended by a selected group of academics who had submitted papers for review on the subject of 'Care'. Our paper focused on dementia care and Compassionate Design. The presentation described LAUGH research and showed examples of design prototypes in context. The other participants included academic research leaders and theorists in the fields of care and design. Together we developed the Lancaster Care Charter which has since been submitted to an international design journal and accepted for publication. The event was an opportunity to share research with colleagues from around the world with an interest in how design has potential to change care practice globally. It dealt with many of the big questions including ethics and participation. Most of those attending were educators and so will feed ideas discussed at the summit into their undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.designresearchforchange.co.uk/workshop-does-design-care/
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop Tiree 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Hand i Pocket Funshop was held in collaboration with Alzheimer Scotland, Tiree Tapestry Group and the Tiree Tech Wave. The invitation to hold the event came from staff at the Taigh a' Rudha residential care home and received grant funding from Argyll and Bute Health and Wellbeing Network fund and the Tiree Community Windfall Trust. Participants included members of the Tiree community, district nurse and two community health professionals. A counsellor from Alzheimer Scotland contributed a presentation on Dementia Friends and spoke with participants individually during the event.

Outcomes:
A number of sensory textile pockets that were given to members of the Tiree community and Taigh a' Rudha residential care home.
Knowledge transfer: making textiles for people with late stage dementia in the community.
Dissemination of information about the LAUGH research project.

Impact:
The pockets made in the workshop have bought pleasure to people with late stage dementia.
The Tiree Tapestry group has subsequently been asked by Alzheimer Scotland to run similar workshop in mainland Scotland.
Increased dementia awareness in the community as evidenced by 23 of the workshop participants signing up to become dementia friends.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://tireetechwave.org/events/ttw10/tiree-hand-i-pocket-funshop/
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This public event was held in collaboration with with Age Cymru and Alzheimer's Society as part of Age Positive Week (October 3rd 2015). The free funshop was open to the public, of all ages, to participate in a prestigious public venue WMC in Cardiff Bay. The day long drop-in event provided the public with an opportunity to make a sensory textile pocket for a person with late stage dementia, to hear more about the LAUGH research project, to learn about dementia and actively participate in the Age Positive campaign week.

Outcomes:
A collection of sensory pockets for people with late stage dementia that were subsequently gifted to people in a dementia care unit.
Networks of professionals interested in the research.

Impact:
People receiving the pockets made during the day were given personal pleasure.
Those participating in the event learnt about making sensory textiles for people with dementia.
Raised awareness of dementia and LAUGH dementia research in the community.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/Hand-i-Pocket-Dementia-Awareness-Funshop-at-Wales-Millennium...
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop at St Fagans National Museum of Wales 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hand i Pocket Funshop was held in the St Fagan's NationalMuseum of Wales for dementia awareness day on May 21st 2016. The event was open to the public and people observed and some participated in the funshop whilst viewing the museum. The event was invited by the museum and partnered with Age Cymru and Alzheimer's Society. Participants were taught how to make a textile sensory pocket for someone with advanced dementia, hear about the LAUGH research project and have the opportunity to find out more about the disease from the partner organisations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://museum.wales/stfagans/whatson/9047/Dementia-Awareness-Day/
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop at the Vale of Glamorgan Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Hand i Pocket Funshop was a collaboration with Alzheimer's Society and Ty Hapus dementia charity held as part of the Vale of Glamorgan Show in Fonmon on August 10th 2016. Participants were taught how to make a sensory textile pocket for someone living with dementia and given information about the LAUGH research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cariadresearchgroup.cariadinteractive.com/?cat=6
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop at the Wychwood Festival Cheltenham 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Hand i Pocket Funshop was held in collaboration with Age Cymru at the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham 3rd-5th June 2016. Participants were taught how to make a sensory textile pocket for someone with advanced dementia and provided with information about the LAUGH research project. The Age Cymru partners provided advice about the disease and information about the charity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://cariadresearchgroup.cariadinteractive.com/?cat=6
 
Description Hand i Pocket Funshop with Age Cymru volunteers Monmouth 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Hand i Pocket Funshop was a professional development event with Age Cymru retail volunteers in which participants made a textile sensory pocket for someone with late stage dementia. The event aimed to transfer knowledge about the benefits of making personalised sensory textiles for people with late stage dementia. It was commissioned by Ruth Jones, Director of Age Cymru Retail.

Outcomes:
Invitation to speak at a Women's Institute event about design for dementia research (March 2016).
Collaboration on a public event at the Wales Millennium Centre as part of Age Positive Week (October 2016).

Impact:
Raising awareness of dementia for participants personally and in the community, thereby contributing to a more dementia friendly society.
Providing individuals and groups with creative strategies to help improve the wellbeing of people living with dementia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Hand i Pocket Refinement Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A small group of expert textile practitioners met with Cathy Treadaway to refine sensory textiles made during previous Hand i Pocket workshops with the public to ensure they were tactile and safe to give to people living with advanced dementia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Hand i Pocket workshop, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as part of Tinted Lens: A Festival of the Mind, Memory and Ageing 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This all day workshop activity involved about 30 participants in making sensory textile pockets for people living with dementia; many more observed and chatted with those involved in making. Two police officers attended and discussed issues around dementia and their police work. One officer made a pocket for her Grandfather.
Pockets were also created and given to people living with dementia at the event and were able to select the one they wanted to keep from those on display. One carer asked for one to occupy the lady she cares for, who suffered from extreme agitation during car journeys. The lady in her care was able to select one to take away with her and was delighted. Another participant met a lady living with dementia at the event and presented her with the pocket she had made at the end of the day. A representative of Cardiff City Council with responsibility for day care for older people took two pockets for Fairwater Day Care Centre and said she would encourage the staff there to make more. The event was also successful in transferring knowledge from the LAUGH research about the importance of sensory stimulation, hand use and playfulness in dementia care.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.laughproject.info/2017/06/
 
Description Hand i Pocket workshop, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as part of a Dementia Film Screening event for World Alzheimers Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Hand i Pocket workshop, led by Prof Cathy Treadaway, was one of several afternoon events held at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff as part of a Dementia Film Screening event for World Alzheimer's Day. The ten participants included members of the public; carers of people living with dementia and two ladies living with learning difficulties. Each of them made stitched sensory textiles that were given to people living with advanced dementia. The purpose of sensory textiles was explained during the workshop and links were made to LAUGH research. Several people living with dementia received textiles from people attending the workshop.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Imaginarium: Bringing the Outside In, Tech Hub Swansea, 15th May 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This event brought together a multidisciplinary group interested in exploring ways of bringing the experience of being outside to people who are housebound or living in residential care. Examples of research work were presented by participants and ideas explored for future research projects and funding streams. The LAUGH 'Compassionate Design' methodology was identified as a good approach to underpin any future research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description International Conference on Design Creativity 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A paper was presented by Prof Cathy Treadaway at the 2018 International Conference on Design Creativity held at the University of Bath. The conference paper 'Compassionate Creativity' authored by Prof Cathy Treadaway, Aidan Taylor and Dr Jac Fennell was awarded a prize at the conference and has been invited for publication in the International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation. The research stimulated interest and discussion about participatory and co-design methods in design and engineering.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.icdc2018.org.uk
 
Description Interview on Ujima Radio Bristol Babbers Show 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cathy Treadaway was interviewed by Gail Bowen-Huggett about the LAUGH project and designing sensory textiles for people living with dementia for a radio programme aimed at older people (Bristol Ageing Better). The interview was recorded and the first programme was broadcast on October 17th 2016. A second programme with further excerpts of the interview was broadcast on October 31st 2016 due to audience interest. The programme was available on-line for a month and was promoted using social media.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://listen-again.ujimaradio.com
 
Description Interview with Deborah Shouse author of the book: Connecting in the Land of Dementia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Cathy Treadaway was interviewed by US author Deborah Shouse for an on line article about the LAUGH project and sensory textiles. Deborah had written about Cathy's research in her most recent book 'Connecting in the land of dementia' https://www.amazon.com/Connecting-Land-Dementia-Creative-Activities/dp/1942094248 and the interview and visit to CARIAD was to inform an online article about Cathy's research:
https://dementiajourney.org/2016/07/19/using-playful-objects-to-deepen-communication-and-connection/
The site is endorsed by Alzheimer's International and widely accessed by carers of people living with dementia, health professionals and the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://dementiajourney.org/2016/07/19/using-playful-objects-to-deepen-communication-and-connection/
 
Description KTN Materials and Design for Alzheimer's Symposium 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This KTN symposium was held at the Business Design Centre, London; November 19th 2015 in conjunction with Innovate UK and Alzheimer's Society. An invited audience discussed the need for new approaches for designing for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. I was invited to present one of our sensor e-textile blankets during a show and tell session. This opportunity sparked discussion, raised interest in the LAUGH research project including potential industry collaboration and increased awareness of the sensory benefits of smart textiles (research findings).

Outcomes:
Invited to join a consortia of national experts in designing for dementia to develop further research.
Developed a wider network of participants for future LAUGH research workshops including people from industry.
Dissemination of information about the LAUGH research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://connect.innovateuk.org/web/design-exchange/article-view/-/blogs/materials-and-design-for-alz...
 
Description LAUGH Advisory Group meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12 members of the LAUGH Advisory Group met to discuss the development of the research and give feedback on the early prototypes and emerging concepts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LAUGH Design Challenge 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The LAUGH Design Challenge was part of Wales Festival of Innovation June 19th-30th 2016 - a national initiative to promote Welsh design and creativity, nationally and internationally http://www.festivalofinnovation.org/index_en.html
The event focused on generating speculative design concepts informed by key findings from the previous 4 LAUGH workshop events. Participants worked in small groups to generate visual and written data to stimulate the design of playful objects to support the wellbeing of people living with advanced dementia. Emergent design concepts from this workshop have been used to inform the design phase of the LAUGH project. Participants from the design industry expressed greater understanding about designing for people living with dementia as a result of participating in the workshop
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/LAUGH-Design-Challenge-will-showcase-pioneering-dementia-rese...
 
Description LAUGH Design Preview December 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Members of charities and organisations that had been involved in the LAUGH participatory design workshops were invited to preview the LAUGH prototype designs in an event at CARIAD, Cardiff Metropolitan University. Participants were able to see and interact with the playful objects and give their opinions on feedback sheets.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description LAUGH Goes Live! Workshop 6 Design prototype preview and feedback June 14th 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact LAUGH goes LIVE! involved invited artists, designers, carers, dementia experts, NHS, charities and music therapists to experience and give feedback on the prototypes developed for the LAUGH project. Although the designs were at prototype stage, the workshop gave participants the opportunity to critique ideas and give feedback. The day also involved participants in creative sessions involving crafting and play in order to generate discussions around playfulness in dementia care. As a result of this, two of the care homes involved in the LAUGH research used the craft skills they learned in the workshop to make mobiles and activities for the residents in their care homes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.laughproject.info/home-2/workshops/laugh-workshop-6/
 
Description LAUGH Workshop 1 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was the first of three participatory workshops that brought together health professionals, carers, charity representatives, designers, academics and the research team. The workshop focused on the importance of hand use, playfulness and memory in relation to dementia.
Discussions and activities were video recorded and analysed to inform research.

Outcomes:
A research paper for the Design Research Society international conference 2016 was written by members of the team, informed by the event.
Development of a network of key stakeholders.
Dissemination of research knowledge to practitioners and academics in the field.
The event resulted in two attendees agreeing to be interviewed for a research case study.

After the session some of the participants reported trying our some of the activities discussed within their care homes and day care centres with people with dementia.
Members of the team were invited to visit and talk to care professionals and Alzheimers Society staff; a workshop training event was run by members of the team for Age Cymru volunteer staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://laughproject.info/home-2/workshops/workshop-1-hand-use-play/
 
Description LAUGH Workshop 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The main purpose of this participatory workshop was to stimulate thinking about 'Memory' and 'Positive Emotion' to inform the wider LAUGH design for dementia research. The workshop participants comprised a range of health professionals, carers, charity representatives with practical experience of caring for people with dementia as well as designers and academics interested in contributing their expertise to the LAUGH project. The workshop was documented through photography and audio recording and the participants engagement and conversations were later analysed to inform the next stage of the research. Findings from this workshop were used to inform a conference paper which has been submitted to the International Design and Emotion Conference 2016 and is currently in peer review.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://laughproject.info/home-2/workshops/workshop-2-emotional-memory-playfulness/
 
Description LAUGH project Design Tech Worshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 18 people attended a creative participatory workshop held at the national Centre for Product Design Research, Cardiff to develop and refine design concepts. The participants included professional designers, artists and creative practitioners as well as representatives from charities, the care industry, health professionals and academics. The workshop generated a wealth of ideas to be developed further by the research team and provided critique from dementia and design experts of the early prototypes produced by the LAUGH team. It was also an opportunity to raise awareness of the research and wider issues related to dementia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.laughproject.info/workshops
 
Description LAUGH project Launch Event and Sensor e-Textiles Hack Funshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This one day event launched the LAUGH research project with a full day participatory 'Hack Funshop'. The workshop participants included health professionals, charity volunteers and professionals from third sector organisations including Ageing Well in Wales (Welsh Assembly Government), textile artists, designers and researchers. The purpose of the event was to launch the LAUGH project and show its relationship to previous research into sensory textiles for people with late stage dementia. During the day several sensory textile garments were constructed for people with late stage dementia.

Outcomes:
A range of sensory textile garments for people with late stage dementia; these were subsequently refined and developed prior to being handed over to the people they were designed for (November 2015). These garments have had a positive impact on the wellbeing of the recipients and their families as evidenced in face to face recorded evaluation data and personal emails.

Impact:
This work has been published in a peer reviewed paper in the journal: Working with Older People (in press, publication due June 2016) and presented at conferences including Design4Health (July 2015) and Dementia Congress (November 2015) where the presentation was delivered to an audience of 50+care professionals, carers and academics.
Dementia UK has subsequently expressed interest in developing the work further with their Admiral Nurses.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://vimeo.com/152265763
 
Description LAUGH workshop 3 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The main purpose of this participatory workshop was to stimulate thinking about craft activities, hand-use and procedural memory in relation to dementia The workshop participants comprised a range of health professionals, carers, charity representatives with practical experience of caring for people with dementia as well as designers and academics interested in contributing their expertise to the LAUGH project. The workshop was documented through photography and audio recording and the participant's engagement and conversations were later analysed to inform the next stage of the research. Findings from this workshop were used to inform a conference paper which was presented at Well-Being 16 'Co-Creating Pathways to Well-Being', The Third International Conference Exploring the Multi-Dimensions of Well-Being, Birmingham City University, 5th- 6th September 2016 and was subsequently published in the proceedings and is open access. Health professionals attending the workshop reported that the event had stimulated new thinking around patient engagement in craft activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.laughproject.info/home-2/workshops/laugh-workshop-3/
 
Description LAUGH workshop 4 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This fourth participatory LAUGH workshop provided a forum for discussion of themes emerging from the previous three participatory workshop events by an expert group (health professionals, carers and dementia charity representatives). The participants were able to contribute to the discussion via round table discussion and small group activities. The event was audio recorded and photographed to document the discussions and generation of ideas. Findings from the analysis of this data informed presentations given at two international academic conferences: Well Being 16 in Birmingham UK and Design and Emotion in Amsterdam, Netherlands.The participants shared their expertise and also gained insights into design processes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.laughproject.info/home-2/workshops/laugh-workshop-4/
 
Description Lecture at Swansea University 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Cathy Treadaway was invited to present the LAUGH project to a group of psychologists and neuroscientists at Swansea University on November 1st 2016.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
 
Description Meeting at National Gallery Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The meeting with with Adriane Boag Faculty Member of the Learning and Access Department of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra was to discuss the LAUGH project, potential future collaboration and knowledge exchange concerning creative projects with people living with dementia in UK and Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.laughproject.info/2017/03/
 
Description Methodology Round Table 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Planning with the WAAG society for workshop and public engagement events in relation to the research project. Discussion of methodology and approach that wil be most effective and how to reach a broader audience
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description My Home Life Cymru advisory meeting, Age Cymru, Cardiff 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact Invited to contribute to a meeting to discuss the future administration of My Home Life Cymru. This organisation promotes quality of life in care homes in Wales and is part of the national organisation: http://myhomelife.org.uk My Home Life Cymru was part of Age Cymru but this meeting led to it being relocated to Swansea and hosted by the College of Health and Human Sciences at Swansea University. My Home Life Cymru is represented on the LAUGH Advisory Group.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.swansea.ac.uk/media-centre/news-archive/2017/myhomelifecymrutobehostedbyswanseauniversity...
 
Description Professorial Lecture (Cardiff) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact I presented this invited public lecture: 'Making a Difference: Designing for Happiness' to an audience of over 200 people and a video recording is now on YouTube. The presentation concerned the global design challenge of caring for our ageing society and featured design research for dementia including the LAUGH project.

Outcomes:
Requests for participation in the LAUGH project.
Requests to run Hand i Pocket sensory textile workshop events.
Interest in collaboration from other academics outside the discipline.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVZgwr0o-14
 
Description Research Features Magazine Article and video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article entitled 'LAUGH improves wellbeing, happiness and quality of life of people living with advanced dementia' was published in Research Features Magazine vol.122 in January 2018. The online version also includes a video about the LAUGH project. This article has been widely distributed to disseminate early findings from the LAUGH project. The video is also hosted on YouTube:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5I2PX5TDcc
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://researchfeatures.com/2018/01/31/laugh-improves-wellbeing-happiness-advanced-dementia/
 
Description Sensor e-Textiles Hack Funshop (Cardiff) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This participatory workshop (Hack Funshop) included computer scientists, electronics specialists and materials scientists from industry and academia. The event was a one day 'hands-on' design workshop in which participants began to develop electronics for sensory textiles for people with late stage dementia.

Outcomes included:
Electronics to extend sensory functionality of textiles; these designs were developed over subsequent months by the research team and incorporated into several garments and blankets for people living with late stage dementia.
Discussion and ideas for the design of ludic artefacts.
Knowledge transfer regarding designing for dementia and electronics.
Building networks of interested professionals for future LAUGH research project events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
 
Description Sewing in Suits Hand i Pocket Workshop with businessmen 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This Hand i Pocket workshop was attended by 25 participants including businessmen and their partners and was led by members of the LAUGH research team in collaboration with Alzheimer's Society, Age Cymru, Ty Hapus dementia charity and with support from two business partners: Tec Maria and Inspiration Wealth Management. Prof Julie Williams, Chief Scientific Officer for Wales spoke at the event about dementia research. The event involved participants in creating a stitched sensory textile pocket for someone living with dementia. The event raised awareness of dementia, the LAUGH research project and it also produced a large number of textiles which were later given to people living with advanced dementia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL https://www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/news/Pages/Sewing-in-Suits-Event-Provides-Businessmen-with-an-Insight-i...
 
Description Soft Evaluation Symposium University of Wolverhampton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact An invited symposium at University of Wolverhampton that focused specifically on evaluation processes and ethical issues in qualitative dementia research. Each participant gave a presentation on evaluation in their research. Prof Cathy Treadaway, Dr David Prytherch and Dr Gail Kenning each gave presentations about the LAUGH research project. The 30 other participants comprised international researchers involved in designing for people living with dementia from countries including Germany, Luxemburg, Spain, Australia, and UK. Discussion concerned ethics and evaluation methods and participants expressed interest in the LAUGH Compassionate Design approach and evaluation methods.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description TAGS 4th Mid-Year Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a two day event held at the EU Commission Brussels, Belgium and was by invitation. It brought together key researchers in Europe with an interest in designing textiles for an ageing society (TAGS).
The workshop aimed to explore what kind of therapy treatments are available in care homes, what textile means are used to deliver these therapies as well as exploring the barriers that both the elderly and the carer's might experience during the delivery of particular therapies. Ideas for innovations and ways to overcome these barriers were discussed. The event included a session to develop ideas into project proposals for further research in this area. Each participant delivered a presentation about their current research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.textilesforageingsociety.eu/2015/06/tags-4th-mid-year-meeting-funding-innovation-workshop...
 
Description UK Dementia Congress (Telford) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact UK Dementia Congress is the UK conference affiliated to the Journal of Dementia Care, which is a professional journal committed to improving the quality of care provided for people with dementia in hospitals, residential and nursing homes, daycare and homecare settings. The conference brought together a diverse range of professionals working in the field of dementia care, academics and the general public. My presentation at this conference included an interactive demonstration of research outputs: personlised textile artefacts designed for people living with dementia.

Outcomes
Presentation of artefacts and research findings to a range of care practitioners, health professionals and the public
Social media presence (Twitter tweets and retweets of photographs of artefacts)
Extended networks for the LAUGH research project in particular with Dementia UK and Creative Dementia Arts Network
Invitation to speak at a related dementia conference
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://www.careinfo.org/ukdc-2015/
 
Description Visit by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to the LAUGH project, February 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Prof Cathy Treadaway was invited to give a presentation to Baroness Finlay of Llandaff on the LAUGH research project on 16th February 2018. (Baroness Finlay is Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords and chairs a number of influential cross party health groups and including the National Mental Capacity Forum for England and Wales; she is Vice President of Hospice UK and Marie Curie Care). Baroness Finlay expressed great interest in and enthusiasm for the LAUGH project and provided a number of significant contacts with relevant policy makers and organisations including the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description WAAG Society Design for our Future Self, workshop Amsterdam 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The 'Design for our future self' workshop was hosted by the Waag Society in Amsterdam. Cathy Treadaway and Gail Kenning presented research from the LAUGH project and helped to run workshop sessions with an international audience comprising designers from industry, researchers and practitioners from the care industry. As a result of the workshop designers said that they understood better the issues that are vital when designing for people living with dementia and would be able to create better design work in the future.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.de2016.org/workshops#workshop-1
 
Description Workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A number of workshops to engage professional design practitioners in co and participatory practices. To establish a working and advisory groups for ongoing workshops leading to development of specialised research methodologies and evaluation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016