Fellowship Community’s Lisa Vercusky had been looking for new ways to engage with memory care residents when an online search at home led her to a tool common in Europe but virtually unheard of in the United States. The next morning, the corporate quality officer at the 362-unit Whitehall, PA, community took the concept for a table-top virtual activity center directly to David Sutter, director of IT operations. The Magical Memory Table the team cobbled together over the next year is the Gold winner in the Quality category of the Senior Living track of the 2020 McKnight’s Excellence in Technology Awards. The project combines specialty software with a commercially available computer and projector to cast colorful, interactive videos onto a table. A motion-depth camera makes items respond as residents use their hands to catch virtual fish, move vividly colored balls or bricks or pick flowers.
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