stanford_longevity_sha_yao_eatwell_tableware_1Feeling helpless watching` her grandmother’s decline and suffering with Alzheimer’s Disease, industrial designer Sha Yao decided to do something about it. She developed Eatwell, an assistive tableware set designed especially for patients with cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer’s Disease. With this design, she won the Center’s inaugural Design Challenge. Now the tableware is in production with orders shipping next month. Initial sponsorship for the challenge was provided by Halbert Hargrove.


Stanford longevity design winner brings dementia place setting into production
Scope (Blog of Stanford School of Medicine) – September 21, 2015
Tableware designed for Alzheimer’s patients
CNN – September 7, 2015
New spoons and plates make it easier for people with Alzheimer’s to eat
Mashable – August 27, 2015
This tableware is specifically made for people with Alzheimer’s
AOL – August 21, 2015


DC3This year’s Challenge will consist of three tracks: Mind, Mobility, and Financial Security, reflecting the Center’s belief that people thrive best when they are mentally sharp, physically fit, and financially secure throughout their entire lives. Each of these tracks will have its own expert judges, award up to $17,000 in total cash prizes, and offer sponsored travel to Stanford, where finalists will present their designs to prominent industry, academic, and government leaders. There is now an open call for submissions from teams of 1-5 students enrolled during the 2015-16 academic year at any accredited university or college globally. Learn more >