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Using the loom helps and motivates elders to move their limbs preventing mobility loss.
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The loom was developed through a method of testing and prototyping, in collaboration with the elders themselves who gave feedback on the product.
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Every operation was thought and designed to be as user-friendly as possible, allowing even the less able to execute them, making them feel capable and confident.
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To integrate memory stimulation exercises, a series of cards were created that presented the weaver with a sequence of colors that he\she had to memorize and then reproduce. The sequences presented a progression in complexity to accommodate for different levels of cognitive ability. Through the loom, the residents could be therapeutically stimulated without perceiving it as a therapy session.
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Tapestry being a well spread hobby among care home residents, the loom quickly generated interest and engaged the participants, promoting social inclusion.
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Aiming to create a social dynamic between residents, and making the most out of their capabilities, a simple stool was designed to integrate a former carpenter - now a resident at the care home - into the project. The frame was built by him, and the seating itself weaved at the loom.
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The loom evolved through many different versions, always improving on feedback provided by the users.

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