One Room ~ 6 different experiences


Memory Lane

A medium-sized touchscreen is dedicated to showing personal media such as photos and videos of family, friends, or hobbies. The use of haptic feedback will be investigated to allow the individual to interact with this personal media, empowering them to explore their life story and reconnect with their sense of self-identity.


Scent to memories

For example, a forest shown on the reality wall can be paired with the scent of pine trees to enhance the sensation of being outside in the woods. Alternatively, if the reality wall is showing more personalised imagery such as the individual’s house, scents that the person associates to home can be used.


Keep my balance/Balance board experience

Balance is connected with all of the other senses, and therefore it is important to promote healthy balance in people with dementia. Additionally, balance training may reduce the risk of falling in later stages of dementia, offering an improved quality of life.


Reality wall

Whether it is a forest, a beach, or a village- the Reality Wall can immerse the individual in an environment of their preference through panoramic display. This unique experience is complemented by the use of sound and smell, connecting the individual to a reality that they can associate with.


Sounds surrounds me

A surround sound system, providing an immersive sonic experience based on the life history of the person with dementia. The individual is surrounded by their favourite music, or perhaps songs which hold personally significant meaning to them. Such music can stimulate memories for past events, facilitating emotional expression and connection with others.


Life road/Cycling Home

A film is projected in front of a stationary bicycle, and will start when the user begins to pedal. The film will pause in response to the user stopping to look and talk about particular buildings or places of interest. Not only does this experience promote physical wellbeing, but it also acts as a mental (cognitive) exercise for the individual.

The SENSE-GARDEN Project is split between five Work Packages. The Project Management and coordination (WP1) will cover all the administrative and coordination activities as well as quality assurance and dissemination. The End-User integration and system design (WP2) will start at about the same time with the System development and technical support (WP3) in an effort to implement the SENSE-GARDEN technical platform using a co-design approach where users are constantly involved in the development work. The SENSE-GARDEN system will be validated in group sessions, controlled individual sessions, a pre-trial phase and a 12 months long trial (WP4) where a coherent and robust system will be tested.