DSDC News

By Wendy Perry

January 12th, 2017

The intersection of dementia + design: creating communities which flourish

The environment and its design is an important determinant to how each of us function; how we live, how we work, and how we engage in the world around us.

The design of our environments goes beyond the specific of product, interior or urban design. For example the design of a window is not just about the window, it is also about the faces looking into and out of those windows. Space is not just for storing and housing but for engaging and living fully.  It is important that we recognise that it isn’t environment alone, or practice alone that creates communities where people can live as full a life as possible regardless of cognitive impairment.  This course will develop your knowledge of the key principles of ‘dementia friendly’ design as one of a set of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia. It also recognises that knowledge of the built environment or knowledge about practice alone cannot support the optimum outcomes for people living with dementia.

The DSDC has developed a new two day course which seeks to bring together practitioners and those involved with the adaptation of existing services, or the design and development of spaces for people with dementia. This course puts participants in control of the material they want to learn, so they can tailor their development specifically to their learning needs and interests. Each day will begin with some large group essential learning in the areas of:  

  • Dementia design principles
  • Impairments of ageing & dementia
  • Behaviour & communication
  • Policy overview
  • Positive risk enablement

The rest of each day will be spent in learning sessions/interactive workshops of the delegates' choosing.  Over the course of two days each delegate will have the opportunity to attend seven of the following workshops:

  • Accessible interior environments
  • Acoustic design
  • Adapting existing environments
  • Advanced dementia & the sensory environment
  • Air quality
  • Alcohol & dementia
  • Landscape design
  • Life story work
  • Lighting design
  • Meaningful activity & outdoor space
  • Sexuality & dementia
  • Sight, light and health

Each day will end with a period of group reflection on the days learning, and opportunities for further questions and discussion. The course Intersection of dementia + design is RIBA approved CPD.

Come and join us in a new conversation about dementia and design.

The first event will be held on March 21-22, 2017.

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