Design and Dementia



June 26 2014 • 1.30pm
to 4.00pm



Sheffield Hallam University, Owen Building, Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB, Sheffield





This experiential workshop will explore ways that design can play in enabling people with dementia and their families to overcome some of the challenges they face both at home and in the wider community. We will focus particularly on how design can promote quality of life and enable people to live well with dementia. Dementia is one of large number of long-term conditions. The UK Department of Health (DoH) estimates that almost one-third of the population has a long-term health condition, accounting for 80% of all primary care visits. Similar patterns are reported globally with incidence rising. Therefore, identifying solutions to the challenge of ever increasing service demand in the face of finite resources is a pressing goal for health policy and for economies.People with dementia have been working alongside researchers at Lab4living, Sheffield Hallam University to co-create a self-management programme for people with dementia. This research used participative research methods to obtain views from people with dementia and carers about their experiences and the interventions that they consider can assist in facilitating independence and quality of life post diagnosis. This workshop will provide opportunity to engage people with some of these creative participative activities.

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