This tableware is specifically made for people with Alzheimer's

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This designer created a line of tableware with her loved-ones in mind.

San Francisco based industrial designer, Sha Yao created Eatwell, a tableware set designed for people with dementia and other impairments. While the words are usually used interchangeably, Dementia refers to a group of symptoms, while Alzheimer's is a disease.

After her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, Yao began volunteering at an Alzheimer's clinic to better understand the disease. Over time progressed, she noticed that patients were not only under-eating, but they tended to spill their food and knock over cups quite regularly.

After doing some research, she came across some interesting statistics. A Boston University study revealed that Dementia patients eat 24% more food and drink 84% more liquid when meals are served in brightly colors tableware. That's where Eatwell comes in.

Watch Yao's video below to learn more:



In 2014, Yao was awarded first prize and $10,000 at the Stanford Center on Longevity's Design Challenge. She now runs her own design firm...and she says she owes it all to her late grandmother.



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This file photo dated 04 November, 1991 shows US President Ronald Reagan giving a speech at the dedication of the library bearing his name in Simi Valley, California. He was US president from 1981 to 1989 and retreated from public life after it was revealed he was suffering from Alzheimer's disease. (Photo by J. David Ake, AFP/Getty Images)
In this Jan. 28, 2013, file photo, Tennessee head coach emeritus Pat Summitt smiles as a banner is raised in her honor before an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame in Knoxville, Tenn. Tennessee seniors Cierra Burdick and Ariel Massengale were part of the last class of Lady Vols to play for Pat Summitt. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
Glenn Campbell performs during The Goodbye Tour at the Ryman Auditorium on January 3, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Ed Rode/Getty Images)
Picture dated 18 May 1991 of US actor Charles Bronson during the 44th Cannes film festival, southern France. Bronson died 30 August 2003 in Los Angeles of complications from pneumonia. (Photo by Gerard Julien, AFP/Getty Images)
American painter Norman Rockwell, 75, poses in his Stockbridge, Mass., studio on Feb. 12, 1977. (AP Photo)
Boxer Sugar Ray Robinson in posed action, May 8, 1947. (AP Photo)
Abigail Van Buren, the 71-year-old advice columnist, was in Seattle to address the fall meeting of the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association, Sept. 28, 1989. (AP Photo/Robert Kaiser)
Actor Peter Falk on March 10, 1989 at his home in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)
Undated file photo of American actress and film star Rita Hayworth.(AP Photo)
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Actress Estelle Getty of "The Golden Girls" is shown at Trumps Restaurant in West Hollywood Jan. 29, 1986. (AP Photo/Steve Dakes)
LOS ANGELES - AUGUST 31: Actor James Doohan recieves his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame August 31, 2004 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Mark Mainz/Getty Images)
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