This REIF funded CARIAD project led by Prof Cathy Treadaway, investigates the development of sensory textiles for people with dementia. The aim is to embed electronics within tactile textile substrates to create innovative yet simple garments that will comfort, soothe, engage and stimulate people in late stage dementia.
The purpose of these e-textiles is to promote positive emotion and support subjective wellbeing of people with dementia. These people are often difficult to care for, and consequently can be some of the most neglected and marginalised members of society.
The project brings together a range of experts including occupational therapists, carers, older people, designers, technologists, and computer scientists and involves collaboration with Gwalia Cyf, a leading social care provider for elderly people in Wales. The project is also supported by Dementia Positive, Age Cymru and David Jones Associates.