URECA Students Grace Goh Hui Een (Product Design), Khaw June Ming (Animation) and Cassandra Seah Ei Lyn (Product Design) AY16/17 had a fruitful outing at Ng Teng Fong General Hospital (NTFGH) on 19 July 2017 to share their ideas and protoypes for engagement tools for people living with dementia, which they developed over 10 months, drawing on their ethnographic observations.
- ‘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. Talks are under way to further implement their work in the hospital. The projects will also be showcased at the upcoming Arts and Health Festival 2017 at the hospital. So stay tune!
Published by Michael Tan Koon Boon
Michael Tan’s research lies at the intersection of Art, Health and Wellbeing. As a leading advocate for arts and health development in Singapore, he has been active in promoting awareness for arts and health among stakeholders in the fields of arts, health and social care. He has developed and conducted art–health programs in various care settings in Singapore, such as the Singapore General Hospital, The National University Hospital and the Singapore Parkinson’s society. In recent years, Michael has broadened the scope of his practice to examine the role and benefit of art engagement in eldercare.
In 2012, Michael partnered with the Agency for Integrated Care to investigate the benefits of art engagement for residents in a local nursing home. He was recently engaged by the Alzheimer’s Disease Associate of Singapore to develop an integrated art making and museum visit program for its members. He also serves as a member of the art advisory committee in the new Ng Teng Fong Hospital.
Michael holds a PhD in Arts and Health from Durham University, a Masters in Photography & Urban Cultures from Goldsmith College, University of London, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He is also the recipient of the Singapore National Arts Council Post Graduate Scholarship (2012) and was awarded the Nanyang Award for Excellence in Teaching by NTU in 2011.
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