Dementia is a global challenge, with 50 million people now living with the condition, and, as the population ages, these numbers will increase. The World Health Organisation predicts that by 2050, 152 million people will be living with dementia globally. Finding ways to support people living with dementia to live better, to continue to enjoy life and to be included in their families and communities has never been more important.
We know from research that the environments in which people live can make their lives easier and more pleasant, or more difficult and challenging.
The DSDC works to promote good design of environments for people with dementia, providing evidence-based guidance and support to help design great new buildings, and to improve existing ones.
The University of Stirling and the DSDC are delighted to see the developing evidence base being translated into practice so effectively.
Earlier this year, the DSDC published Architecture for Dementia: Stirling Gold 2008 – 2020. This book covers twelve years of the existence of the DSDC Dementia Design Audit Tool, capturing the care homes, public buildings and assisted living environments across the world that have adopted these design principles. Each project shows off the solutions of designing dementia-inclusive environments whilst taking into account regional variations in care, societal attitude, and economies.
The designs in this book show us how evidence-based design principles can be used effectively across cultures and geographies. They remind us that good dementia design is important everywhere, in people’s own homes and communities, as well as in care settings and public buildings. They both inspire and challenge anyone who wants to make life better for people living with dementia.
Read this book to be informed about what can be done, but, more importantly, use it to promote action.
Read more about the design services the DSDC provides.