Tableware designed for Alzheimer's patients

(CNN)No one ever wants to see loved ones suffer in their later years.

Not everyone takes the time to do something about it.
For Sha Yao, watching her late grandmother's decline at the unrelenting hands of Alzheimer's disease prompted the industrial designer to take creative action in the form of assistive tableware.


    Thrust into the life of a caregiver, Yao felt the impending burden grow as her grandmother's condition deteriorated.
    "It was heartbreaking, and I felt so helpless watching her suffer," Yao said. "She had always been very sharp and full of life."
    Yao refused to face this disease with her hands tied hopelessly together.
    So she put those hands to work.
    Yao left Taiwan to begin her graduate studies in industrial design in the United States.
    While she was not there physically with her grandmother, Yao's commitment never wavered.
    "I decided to focus on helping her eat, because it was an activity she would do a few times a day, every day, and it was critical to her health," Yao said.
    She set out to learn as much as she could about Alzheimer's disease through years of research and volunteering at various senior care facilities.
    After reading a Boston University study on the impact of bright colors, Yao realized the smallest of details could greatly enhance the quality of life for both sufferers and caregivers.
    The study found that when presented with flatware featuring bright colors, dementia patients were significantly more likely to consume food and beverages.
    Yao observed firsthand the frustrating task that eating had become for both the patie