With this post, JAIN puts her very honorable friend prof. dr. Wijnand IJsselsteijn in the spotlight. JAIN is impressed by the internal drive, straight from his heart, to research and develop personal products for people with dementia.
At JAIN, we are also intrigued by his insights around Warm Technology for individuals living with dementia. To enable and expand his work, he has initiated – with Rens Brankaert and Ans Tummers-Heemels – the Expertise Center for Dementia & Technology (www.ecdt.nl), working closely with JAIN. As to support people with dementia and their families; they need to have the right, personal tools at their disposal that match their personal wishes.
This asks for a, both national and international, overview of developers and to this end, we are organizing the World JAIN Challenge together with Alzheimer Nederland, Alzheimer Europe, Interdem, ECDT, and Vilans. Together with Wijnand and the network of organizations, JAIN supports innovative companies worldwide in identifying the needs of people with amnesia and dementia.
Lastly, above all; JAIN gathers positive energy from the friendship with Wijnand and is proud of the fact that he has already delivered many graduate students who contribute to warm technology that make people with dementia happier.