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.
"I want to tell my grandmother that she helped many people."
Sha Yao, Forbes
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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)
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on a Great Lakes freighter and sees life through the eyes of his
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