New online training on dementia and planning launched
The RTPI has launched a new online learning tool to help town planners understand their role in creating better environments for people living with dementia. It follows the publication of the Institute’s first “Dementia and Town Planning” practice note earlier in the year endorsed by Alzheimer’s Society.
Dementia Friendly Housing Charter
People with dementia face a range of challenges. These may include memory loss or difficulty communicating, mobility and navigation issues and other associated problems. Across every part of the housing sector, organisations can make a valuable contribution to supporting people with dementia facing these challenges.
Design for Dementia: The International Challenges and Architectural Responses - an integrated research, design and build project by Liverpool John Moores University ART LABS and partners
Aim of Design for Dementia
As most people experiencing dementia wish to remain at home, the design and construction of new dwellings or home conversions are paramount. To address issues arising from the pressures associated with dementia, design solutions need to be integrated within our architecture, environment and the landscape.
Design for Dementia, Volumes 1 and 2
Published by The Halsall Lloyd Partnership (firstname.lastname@example.org)
ISBN 978-0-9929231-1-2 / -2-9
The spaces and places where we live should enhance our lives and promote opportunities for fulfilment. Often this isn’t the experience of people with dementia due to the difficulties caused by their condition conflicting with the design characteristics of many buildings and environments.
Altered perception can make stairs appear like a sheer drop, or rugs resemble a worrying hole in the floor. Signage which should be helpful can be confusing, or even invisible because of background colours used. These and many more problems can make the outside world hostile territory for people with dementia, reducing their ability to take part in simple everyday activities like shopping or using public transport, cutting them off from being involved in their own communities.
It's dementia awareness week (DAW2017) , a time to reflect on all that has been achieved and all the work that remains to be done in raising public awareness about the daily challenges that people with dementia face in getting around their city. Dementia doesn’t just affect memory, it can affect any function that our brain controls and one of the most challenging changes is when someone has problems with perception. This can cause problems judging distances – knowing where steps and pavements start and finish, silver stairs and escalators appearing like a steep slope – that makes life in shops and buildings pretty difficult.
Sand Play is a playful 'game' that can last about an hour and is aimed at encouraging creative lateral thinking, sensory awareness and memory recall. The 'game' could apply to all people with or without dementia. During Sand Play we can appreciate and use all our five senses; sight, touch, smell, hearing and taste.