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Sensory device to improve wellbeing for people with advanced dementia captures media attention in Wales

Thursday 31 October 2019

At the end of October 2019, the “HUG” - a sensory device designed to bring pleasure and comfort to people living with advanced dementia - caught the attention of the media in Wales (United Kingdom). The device is a wearable, soft and has long arms, which “hug” the wearer. There is a heartbeat inside, music and sounds can be played, and the playlist can be personalised. The wearable technology is being tested in a Cardiff care-home setting and so far, the results have been very positive.

The “HUG” was created by the LAUGH (Ludic Artefacts Using Gesture and Haptics) research project, based at the Centre for Applied Research in Inclusive Arts & Design (CARIAD) at Cardiff Metropolitan University (Wales) was nominated as an “Outstanding Dementia Care Product” last year.The LAUGH project, which aims to support people with late stage dementia with devices to amuse, comfort and engage with them, is delighted with the positive media attention they are receiving for their work and plans to make the “HUG” available for more people with dementia, soon.

Find out more about the LAUGH project and the HUG, here: https://www.laughproject.info/

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