emi - conserving emotions

Conserve and recall emotions and memories with a personal designed object for people suffering from dementia.

emi - conserving emotions

Conserve and recall emotions and memories with a personal designed object for people suffering from dementia.

emi - conserving emotions

Conserve and recall emotions and memories with a personal designed object for people suffering from dementia.

emi - conserving emotions

Conserve and recall emotions and memories with a personal designed object for people suffering from dementia.


emi

2012; with Juliane (Strothoff) Möllenstroth

Introduction

This project is dedicated to a form of biographical forgetting. It poses the question of how far it is possible to preserve memories for people with dementia in an early stage in order to recall them later.

Introduction

This project is dedicated to a form of biographical forgetting. It poses the question of how far it is possible to preserve memories for people with dementia in an early stage in order to recall them later.

Challenge

How can we shape the lives of people with dementia so that they can preserve positive memories and experiences for as long as possible? How can relatives and carers be involved in a way that supports the sick with dignity?

Challenge

How can we shape the lives of people with dementia so that they can preserve positive memories and experiences for as long as possible? How can relatives and carers be involved in a way that supports the sick with dignity?

Result

emi connects memories with a personal designed object to create positive emotions. Relatives and carers help to uncover emotionally valuable memories, translate them into materiality and sew the doll.

Result

emi connects memories with a personal designed object to create positive emotions. Relatives and carers help to uncover emotionally valuable memories, translate them into materiality and sew the doll.

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Martha's personal emi

Concept

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remember & revive memories

In the early stages of dementia, things of high affirmative value are collected. Often it's colors, fabrics, patterns and smells from the younger years that are remembered for a particularly long time.

remember & revive memories

In the early stages of demtia, things of high affirmative value are collected. Often it's colours, fabrics, patterns and smells from the younger years that are remembered for a particularly long time.

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personalize & craft

The collected objects are translated into materials and picked up to sew the emi doll. This phase is accompanied by family members or carers.

personalize & craft

The collected objects are translated into materials and picked up to sew the emi doll. This phase is accompanied by family members or carers.

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emotional bindings & support

In the later course of the disease, the patient establishes a bond with the doll. It accompanies the patient and facilitates access to positive memories.

emotional bindings & support

In the later course of the disease, the patient establishes a bond with the doll. It accompanies the patient and facilitates access to positive memories.


remember & revive memories

remember & revive memories

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 „I still remember... the dress with the blue-grey apron was my favorite one... I loved it! ... It is still hanging in my wardrobe."

Hannah on Holiday, 1962

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Hannahs wedding, 1959

We found out, that people suffering from dementia connect old memories to objects, sounds or smells. Through that, they are able to recall feelings and emotions.

How might we translate emotions and memories into objects?

personalize & craft

personalize & craft

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emotional bindings & support

emotional bindings & support

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The further the dementia progresses, the more the relatives experience the loss of the memory of a loved one.

Is it possible to involve relatives and family members?

Hand in hand...

Hand in hand...

emi is not only concerning the person suffering from dementia. It is also family members and carers that are involved in the process, which focuses emotionally and analytically on incisive experiences and important biographical details. Knowledge that cannot easily be asked in a medical or family conversation, but which later on helps to reach the patient personally and communicate empathically with him or her.

more examples for emi

more examples for emi

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Martha;

"I always loved our garden and the smell of wild flowers in summer."

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Lore;

"My father was a hunter. Sometimes I was allowed to come. Then I often found beautiful keepsakes in the forest."

 

Lore;

"My father was a hunter. Sometimes I was allowed to come. Then I often found beautiful keepsakes in the forest." 

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Gisela;

"I have always been interested in clothing, fabrics, and materials. When I was 14 I got my first sewing machine."

Gisela;

"I have always been interested in clothing, fabrics and materials. When I was 14 I got my first sewing machine."

Background: Alzheimer's disease

Dementia is a syndrome that occurs in various brain diseases. Mostly it is Alzheimer's which occurs in the later years of life. People suffering from dementia lose their short-term memory, thinking, speech and motory skills. Learned skills of life are gradually lost. One possibility of the therapy is the biography work. it trains to one the brain and reveals private habits and preferences, which facilitates the care.

Background: Alzheimer's disease

Dementia is a syndrome that occurs in various brain diseases. Mostly it is Alzheimer's which occurs in the later years of life. People suffering from dementia lose their short-term memory, thinking, speech and motory skills. Learned skills of life are gradually lost. One possibility of the therapy is the biography work. it trains to one the brain and reveals private habits and preferences, which facilitates the care.

Reflection & Strategy

Empathy and Design; Social Design

In this project tried to build a strong connection to people suffering from dementia and their relatives or carers. We visited a care facility and talked with patients, their relatives, and carers. It was interesting to look at this disease from different angles and to design an experience for both of them. To do that it was important to leave our personal point of view.

In expert interviews, we have obtained knowledge about dementia in general. Conversations with patients and relatives helped us to move to an emotional level. We have used these insights to create personas that served as the basis for the emi program.

2018; Exibition at Schloss Eutin

2018; Exibition at Schloss Eutin

In September 2018 I had the chance to present emi during the exhibition Wandel im Portrait (A Portrait of Change).

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