The Fidget Widget has been designed in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Society and the University of Central Lancashire, with a goal to improve the well-being of people in the later stages of dementia, by supporting their psychological needs to feel occupied, engaged and included in a meaningful activity of their choice.
The Fidget Widget engages touch, feel and repetitive movements to bring calm and engagement to busy hands and unsettled minds. As there is no right or wrong way to use the Fidget Widget, users can use their own creativity to explore and interact with the tool.
Roll Fidget Widget
Roll is one of 5 specially designed widgets, with a smooth satisfying rolling motion that moves a secured marble around the edge of the tool. Invite someone with dementia to delight in the soothing pleasure of moving the hands or practising repetitive movements.
Press Release from Alzheimer’s Society:
Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, says: “The Fidget Widget toolkit addresses an unmet need for people with fidgeting behaviours, a group which can be overlooked or labelled ‘difficult to manage’.
“Dementia is a devastating condition, and while our funded researchers are hard at work to find a cure, it’s great to see the brilliant ideas that we have helped make a reality, being employed to help people with dementia right now.”
Jane Souyave, Senior Lecturer in Graphic Design at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), “In collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Society and Relish, the Fidget Widget Toolkit is the result of 8 years of research and development and provides an opportunity for those with advanced dementia to be engaged in meaningful activities that enhance personal wellbeing.
The results of our product testing, in people’s own homes, day centres and Lancashire County Council care homes, confirm that the toolkit supports psychological needs. Users feel occupied, engaged and included in a meaningful activity of their choice. Caregivers also reported there was an ongoing and lasting well-being effect.”