Designing for People with Dementia

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Designing for People with Dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement
Project Duration: 
09/04/2015
Coordinator: 
UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
Financed By: 
MSCA-RISE-2015
Project Partners: 
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
ALZHEIMER EUROPE
UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Zorggroep Sint Maarten
Panton bv
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
St. Hedwig Kliniken, Alexianer Krankenhaus Hedwigshöhe
FUNDACION CETEMMSA
PibarquitecturasixSLP
FUNDACION INTRAS
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - QLD QUT
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Project Context: 
This project aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity. In a social context, this can cause difficulties of recognizing, relating to and empathising with other people. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being. Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. Utilising the concept of mindful design, we will investigate innovative design solutions to enable selfempowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. We will specifically focus on two areas: personal difficulties with social interaction and environmental influences on social engagement. In these two contexts, we will study how personal, wearable designs can help mediate perceptions of identity and emotion management; and how environmental aspects can reduce feelings of information overload and instill feelings of self-empowerment and control.
Project Actions: 
development of new uses of design for helping people with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being
presentation of a robust methodological co-design framework for the development and evaluation of the designs in dementia care settings
development of a holistic mindful model of designing and of a model for mindful care for social engagement for people with dementia
policy recommendations for the inclusion of design within dementia care