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The USC Forum, “Memories of the Way We Were”, took place on June 22, 2013 at the Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Keck School of Medicine, USC.

Discussion topics included Alzheimer’s/dementia research and treatment, music therapy for Alzheimer’s/dementia patients, caregiver support, the effects of cross-generational interaction (seniors and preschool children), and new technological therapy options.

 

Multisensory Systems co-founders presenting their multisensory technology at USC forum

Forum Auditorium – IGM Gallery, Keck School of Medicine, USC

Multisensory Systems co-founders presenting their multisensory technology at USC forum

Multisensory Systems co-founders presenting their multisensory technology at USC forum

Doug Nelson, co-founder and chief technology officer, and Zubin Levy, co-founder, MultiSensory Systems, discussed and demonstrated their patented interactive, immersive system that integrates three-dimensional sound, aroma, full body vibration and optional visual imagery, to help maintain psychological well-being and minimize stress.

 

Co-founders demonstrate their Multisensory technology during USC forum

The joint-owners discussed the evolution of their technology and methodology at the forum. Images were projected providing evidence of the system’s successful BETA testing with various types of Special Needs individuals, including senior citizens at a retirement facility. It has been noted that the system greatly relieves agitation of dementia sufferers and caregivers have expressed the hope to need less medication with its use. The presentation concluded with futuristic images of the next-generation multisensory system; one that has the addition of gentle and soothing motion.

Certificate of Recognition from City of Los Angeles

Multisensory Systems co-founders each received a certificate from the city of Los Angeles, Jose Huizar, Council member 14th District, in recognition of their “creative vision and exploration of new technological applications, to advance the therapy options in the treatment of conditions including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.” Robert Donin and lead intern presenting.

Institute for Genetic Medicine (IGM), USC

“The concept of the program is to provide a ‘one-stop’ resource for attendees who have recently become caregivers or who are considering the impact of these conditions for a loved one,” said Lynn Crandall, director of the IGM Art Gallery. “A key goal is to inform those in attendance of the new approaches and technologies being explored [combining arts and sciences] for Alzheimer’s/dementia treatment. For our medical experts and support care professionals, it is an opportunity to learn of advancements in research and therapies, to share innovations and to form partnerships with other professionals.”

Lynn Crandall, Director, USC IGM Art Gallery

Multisensory Systems would like to thank Lynn Crandall, Robert Horsting, Richard Fukuhara and the many hardworking staff and volunteers  of the USC IGM Art Gallery that made this event so successful.

Details of the event as planned and information about all participants, can be seen at this posting:

Multisensory Systems to Participate in USC Forum – “Memories of the Way We Were” – June 22, 2013

 

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“Memories of the Way We Were”

June 22, 2013, from 2:30-6:30 p.m.
Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, Keck School of Medicine, USC.

 

The final forum of the current art exhibit theme “Aging People/Aging Planet”

 

The forum will focus on the importance of preserving memories through oral history, Alzheimer’s/Dementia research and treatment, music and art therapy for Alzheimer’s/Dementia patients, an arts based caregiver support group and the effects of cross generational interaction. A key goal of this forum is to inform those in attendance of the new approaches and technologies being explored (combining arts and sciences) for Alzheimer’s/dementia treatment and have them connect with our presenters as resources to share innovations or form partnerships with those professionals that can envision another application for the approaches being showcased.

Presenters in order:

  • Robert Horsting, Oral Historian/Filmmaker, screening “Citizen Tanouye”, recording memories through oral history
  • Dr. Freddi Segal-Gidan, PA, PhD, Physician Associate & Gerontologist. Assistant Clinical Professor Dept’s of Neurology, Family Medicine & Gerontology, the Memory and Aging Center, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Director, Rancho/USC California Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Senior PA staff, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center.
  • Joshua Grill, PhD, Researcher, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA
  • Intermission
  • Frances Kakugawa, an Alzheimer’s caregiver, support group founder, poet and author
  • Stacie Dawes, M.A., LMFT , Pacifica Senior Living in Northridge, presenting the Music & Memory program
  • Kanako Kusano of Keiro Senior Health Care and Phyllis Chang of Alzheimer’s Association, California Southland, presenting the Memories in the Making program
  • One Generation Day Care (seniors and pre-school children), cross generational care.
  • MultiSensory Systems has invented and patented a unique system and methodology that provides users a dramatic new experience. This system integrates time-coordinated olfactory experience with other senses, including strategically placed multi-channel tactile vibroacoustic devices, controlled motion and three-dimensional sound. Any facility that benefits from creating or maintaining the psychological well-being, or minimizing stress or trauma levels of its guests, may benefit from the use of the MultiSensory Stimulation System. This proprietary technology will be presented by Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, Doug Nelson and Co-Founder, Zubin Levy.
FREE admission. Please RSVP by 6/20: natto41@sbcglobal.net For more info contact Robert Horsting, Steering Committee Chair, “Memories of the Way We Were” Forum: 818-913-0640.
 
Institute For Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, 2250 Alcazar Street, Los Angeles, CA 90033-9075.
 

The Institute for Genetic Medicine Art Gallery, located at the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, serves as an art-framed forum for open minded, deliberative discussions on complex social issues that interface with the creative process and findings of research in molecular biology, health and social systems. Since 2000, the Gallery has offered a wide range of exhibits and symposiums on the USC Health Sciences Campus. This year the Gallery is proud to present the profound “Aging People/Aging Planet” exhibition by Mary Lou Dauray and Orna Makleff, which vividly depicts and portrays the all too real ongoing impact of climate change on the elderly and aging populations of the world. As the final forum of this exhibit we present “Memories of the Way We Were”

Lynn Crandall, Director, USC IGM Art Gallery, Lynn.crandall@gmail.com
www.artangels.org
 
Click here to download “Memories Form Info” with directions to event
 
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BETA testing for Special Needs and Therapeutic applications began this April at the Alpha Resource Center in Santa Barbara, California, and at “At Home in Ojai”  and other locations. Our portable multisensory system is performing incredibly well.

Alpha_SB is a multifaceted service center providing support and information for families of children with developmental disabilities of all ages, teen and adult recreation, and life skills training for adults.

“At Home in Ojai” is an Assisted Living Facility, Elderly Care Facility, and a Retirement Home offering Alzheimer’s Care, Hospice and Respite Care.

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Over the last few years, individuals and organizations have inquired about using our aromaComposer systems to help “Special Needs” persons.

There is a current movement to use multisensory stimulation with great benefits to special needs individuals. Thousands of “Multisensory Environments” (MSE’s) or Snoezelen Rooms (European term) have and continue to be created at facilities worldwide. Unfortunately, scent diffusion has been poorly implemented within these environments due to the limitations of currently available technology.

In cooperation with a European/American “Special Needs” product developer and distributor, we began to design and prototype a new version of the aromaComposer adapted for special needs purposes.


The Manual MINI: This variation of the aromaComposer Mini is distinguishes by its many unique and playful user controller interface


We are now proud to announce the completion of our first “Special Needs” prototype, along with a complete set of molds, which makes it possible to duplicate the systems at significantly reduced cost. This model is assembled from modular components, which can be configured in different ways for a variety of applications. This system is self-controlled by the user, intuitive and interactive. It is ideal for integration into Multisensory Environments as well as other spaces including hospitals, hospice, nursing homes, dentist or doctor’s waiting rooms, etc.

The new AromaComposer, has the capacity to touch people in profound ways, and has applications for persons with autism.


BETA Testing for ”Special Needs” – the  AromaComposer MINI

We are now seeking grant funding to fabricate a limited number of prototype “Special Needs” aromaComposers, and to place them into the hands of appropriate persons and facilities for BETA testing.

Special Needs therapists and teachers will experiment with product usage and methodology, make recommendations, and certify these systems. Using our intuitive manual control interface, users can create their own aromatic worlds in association with other sensory stimuli. Healing practitioners of many kinds will have their chance to see how it complements existing therapies and services as well, and what opportunities exist for new applications.

This BETA program will also help to develop appropriate methods of product use, integration with other systems and the creation of specialized control interfaces for persons facing various challenges:

  • Developmental Disability
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Autism
  • Mental Health
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Stroke & Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Pain Control
  • Dementia, Alzheimer’s, “Sundowners”
  • Hospice

We have been in discussions with a major east coast center interested in using our system for continued multisensory research, which they hope will lead to breakthroughs in patient treatment. As predicted by Jeremy Rifkin, our precise and repeatable digital controllers would make this system ideal for scientific application, and learning.

In addition, this BETA program may extend into hospitals and convalescent environments. Currently in the United States, nurses at some hospitals, with doctor approval, are practicing traditional aromatherapy, one patient at a time. Doctors and nurses, and psychotherapists have expressed their interest in adapting our systems for similar purposes; this includes soothing patients and stimulating the natural healing process… for both pre and post treatment.

Beth Comstock, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for GE, experienced our system at the
Google Zeitgeist event, and suggested that it this type of system may have use within their medical imaging
product line, as a way to relax or comfort patients, specifically children.


AromaComposer BETA Projects Described

Through the InSpirit Foundation, … under the wings of the INTERNATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER, a California-based 501(c)(3) charitable trust, Multisensory Systems is developing non-commercial “projects” based upon decisions of the Board and evaluation of professional and public requests. Projects are being planned to work with any of the groups listed broadly under “Special Needs”, or for “Hospital” uses as described previously.

These projects will be funded independently. Of those that are proposed, the ones that receive funding will be put into action first. Costs associated with each project will vary depending upon the particular application and goals of that project. Budgeting guidelines available upon request.

Length of BETA Programs

For most projects, the BETA test projects would run from four to six months with our support. Afterwards, the results and progress will be evaluated and the study may continue with or without regular support from Multisensory Systems.

An Example Project

One project might be to place 10 variations of our system into several different institutions working with autistic children for BETA testing. These institutions, working separately, may have different plans or theories about how to reach certain goals, but will cooperate with each other throughout the project.

What will they individually discover, as each group takes a slightly different approach to a similar goal?

How successful can the combined project be?

Will the collaborative effort create the best system for a second project, making the discoveries of all projects available at minimum cost to thousands of beneficiaries?

Interface

In most of these cases, a special manual control interface will be designed and provided to work well with small, but well functioning hands. This interface might take the form of a smiling bear or other cuddly being… very friendly and non-threatening. A consideration in this case, does a face, eyes topside… mouth below, lets the user know what side of the controller is up or down, so that it does not get twisted around into knots?


AromaComposer Mini - Special Needs Interface - Concepts

Simple intentions can translate to sound and music, to scent compositions, to colors, to vibration and movement



Nozzles

Nozzles might be designed direct the scent into a horizontally wider beam, due to side-to side head movement of some users in that group. Normally we direct scents toward a relative stationary nose zone.


AromaComposer

It’s very simple to target user. Custom nozzles insure that end-users are in a constant aroma zone.



Multisensory Integration

Multisensory device tie-ins may be useful in dealing with multisensory deficit disorder, recently associated with autism. Colors, sound cues and scents will be selected for autistic children in particular, working in development with their teachers, healers and other facilitators.


Multisensory Stimulation System - Ojai CA

A young user is immersed within a full multisensory environment ... the Multisensory Stimulation System in Ojai, CA, USA



Inquires

We welcome inquires by any organization or individual interested in participating in this  BETA program. Please contact us here.

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AROMATHERAPY RESEARCH:

Compilation of significant articles about “Aromatherapy”

Within the context of these following articles, you will find some of the data that we used to develop our Aromatherapy Web FAQ in June and July, 2003. We were primarily interested in presenting aroma used as an inhalant, and not topically applied as massage oil. Any information contained herein is for educational or research purposes only.(see “Notes” at end)

How information is presented here

An abundance of aromatherapy information is available. Having read from many sources, we selected the most pertinent articles in relation to our unique diffusion system, the “aromaComposer™”. To save time and add clarity I have marked up areas with various notes and colors, etc. as follow:

  • Personal comments, notes or call-outs are in blue color like this.
  • Most significant items are highlighted in red like this!
  • I have left much information in black so you can see the context of the highlighted items if needed.
  • In most cases the notes in blue point out important black text areas when they exist. If not, you can probably skim over them quickly to save time.
  • Original sources or references to selections have been retained, if you need them for quotes, etc. although some of these links are no longer valid.

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