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CREATING A MEMORY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Through Sensory Experience Design

Boostani, Rezvan (2018) CREATING A MEMORY-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT Through Sensory Experience Design. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Boostani, Rezvan
Abstract:

The majority of individuals living with memory impairment due to aging or stages of dementia reside independently in their community. They are still active, but often do not engage in activities they are accustomed to. One example of such an activity is eating out. This paper aims to support well-being and social engagement by providing a greater understanding of the sensory design elements of the restaurant environment. This will enhance the quality of the dining experience for individuals with memory impairments. Values, goals and needs were defined by individuals with mild dementia and their family in real-world dining experience through the use of a diary. Feedback loops and validation cycles were embedded in interviews with individuals with mild dementia, their family, and experts in the field of dementia. Themes which emerged from thematic analysis of data revealed five key principles for supporting memory-friendly environments. These include a welcoming and friendly environment, simplicity, inclusivity and flexibility, familiarity, and comfort and safety.
The goal is to create a guideline for restauranteurs who wish to improve the dining experience for clientele with memory-impairments.

Date: April 2018
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Inclusive Design
Date Deposited: 11 May 2018 17:07
Last Modified: 11 May 2018 17:07
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/2301

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