University of Central Lancashire
KE Deal of the Year Finalist: Fidget Widget Toolkit
UCLan and Alzheimer’s Society collaborate to develop Fidget Widget® Toolkit
There are 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, with numbers set to rise to over 1 million by 2025. The disease is one of the main causes of disability later in life, ahead of cancer, cardiovascular disease and stroke and on top of this there is no cure for Alzheimer's disease or any other type of dementia.
Now academics at the University of Central Lancashire and the Alzheimer’s Society have developed a specialist toolkit which is being sold nationally and internationally called The Fidget Widget®. The product is proving to be a real success in supporting the wellbeing of those living with dementia.
The specially designed widgets, which have been brought to market by Active Minds, use touch, feel and repetitive movements, each with a particular motion; spin, slide, twist, turn and roll, and are intended to be unrecognisable, removing any need to rely on memory or words to use them.
The team was supported with funding from the Alzheimer’s Society and UCLan’s Innovation and Enterprise team through its Ideas Investment Fund, which provides up to £20,000 in funding to support university staff to collaborate with external companies to create or validate new products, services or processes.