MEMORY MAGIC: AN INTERVENTION GAME FOR DEMENTIA

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$1,238,289.00
Award Year:
2002
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2R44AG017776-02
Award Id:
60391
Agency Tracking Number:
AG017776
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
CREATIVE ACTION, INC., 680 N PORTAGE PATH, AKRON, OH, 44303
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
RONNISTERNS
(330) 867-9978
RSTERNS@GWIS.COM
Business Contact:
RONNISTERNS
(330) 867-9978
RSTERNS@GWIS.COM
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
Staff in residential facilities and family caregivers are challenged by disruptive behaviors, disengagement from the environment, and other problems often displayed by people with dementia. Memory interventions show promise as a behavioral technique to help staff and family caregivers improve the quality of life for people with dementia. Market potential exists for an ngaging group activity for persons with dementia that provides appropriate levels of cognitive and physical involvement, accesses long-term memories, focuses attention and concentration, provides a high probability of success for people at different levels of dementia and in different cohorts, and is water-proof and washable. Memory Magic is an activity designed to meet these criteria. Phase I feasibility testing revealed that Memory Magic elicited both higher quality and amount of engagement than standard programming, produced more positive and less negative affect, and was related to a reduction in inappropriate behaviors compared to levels seen in regular activity programming. Specific aims of Phase II research are o continue research and development efforts by improving the design, developing mass manufacturing capabilities, and testing refined versions across multiple sites in the Midwest, South, East and West resulting in a market-ready Memory Magic game for Phase II commercialization.

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