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College students make special aprons for Gravesend dementia patients

The students gave the aprons to the dementia patients for Christmas

The students gave the aprons to the dementia patients for Christmas

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Students from North West Kent College's fashion design course made special aprons for dementia sufferers.

They researched the illness which enabled them to create a product which would help patients who visit the Gravesham Place Day Centre.

Bright colours were used to stimulate visual perception and coordination and the students used fabrics like silk and velvet, which were popular fabrics in the 1920s and 30s, to help long-term memory.

Beads and buttons were added to distract from fidgeting and pacing, which are all common traits of dementia.

Karen Fitzpatrick, fashion design lecturer, said: “The students have done a great job at turning the idea of an apron into something that can be physically and mentally stimulating.”

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