This research was conducted by Judi Parkinson
In 2005 Judi commenced her research as a Master of Arts in Visual Art Postgraduate.
Her goal was to design audiovisuals and non-verbal books that would be suitable for people with
Alzheimer's disease (AD), dementia and memory loss and also frail aged people.
Importantly, this research supported literature indicating that people with AD may have some cognitive
understanding even though they may not be able to verbally express themselves.
Three phases of practical research were conducted to determine images that would be
appropriate in subject matter and engaging in visual information.
The Queensland College of Art Griffith University supported Judi in this research by approving courses and research
that she designed through the Special Studies options, providing research outside the visual arts program.
The theme of Lavender was selected for the research and product designs.
Phase 1 In addition to publication research, this phase investigated the Preferred Hobbies and Interests
of people with early-mid AD and mentally healthy older adults in the community.
These surveys were conducted through community groups, aged care facilities and
day respite centres in the northern Brisbane suburbs.
Phase 2 was conducted in aged care facilities and day respite centres.
This stage investigated image styles and designs preferred by people with early-mid AD
using a Paired Comparisons test with 8 different images on the one theme.
A 28minute DVD video, 10minute DVD video, Slide-Show CD, Memory Box and Non-verbal Book
were created from the findings of Phases 1 and 2.
Video lengths were determined through literature publications and therapists' consultations.
The aim is to provide optimum opportunities for engagement and interaction; to provide audiovisual DVDs that are
versatile for activity programs but also facilitate the individual needs of different care-recipients on any given day.
Master of Arts in Visual Arts Postgraduates Exhibition 2005
Queensland College of Art Griffith University Brisbane
Pictured: DVD movies, Slide-Show CD, Memory Box with Film Stills and Non-verbal Photo Book
Judi received the Griffith Award for Academic Excellence 2005
Phase 3 of Judi's research was conducted in 2006, as an Honours MAVA postgraduate degree.
Participating aged care facilities and dementia specific units recorded the responses of people with mid-late AD to the tools.
The primary two completed interventions, the non-verbal PhotoBook and the 10minute edition
of the DVD were presented in a one-on-one, quiet setting with a carer/observer.
Dr Joseph McDowall
Griffith University Lecturer and Psychologist
Dr Juanita Muller
Griffith University Lecturer and Clinical Psychologist
Dr Jane Crisp
Griffith University Lecturer [Retired] and
Author: Keeping in Touch: with Someone who has Alzheimer's disease (Ausmed Publications)
Judi's MA(Hons)VA Honours Dissertation and Research Report assessment was conducted by lecturers at the
Griffith University Faculty of Nursing and Faculty of Psychology at Nathan campus
In 2007 Judi was granted the Master of Arts with Second Class Honours, Division A in Visual Arts
The business name Share-Time Pictures was registered in April 2007.
This name was specifically chosen because it best states what the concept is behind our products.
They are for sharing - for use as communication tools, whether verbal or non-verbal.
Our resources are specifically designed for people with Alzheimer's Disease
and are suitable for people in care and aged care, also people with other dementia, including frail aged people.
They are ideal for use as a group activity or one-on-one with a Diversional therapist, activities coordinator, carer or relative
If you have any queries regarding this research please contact Judi