Designing for Dementia: A Practical Example


We may be living longer as part of an ageing population but longer living comes with challenges around the delivery of adequate healthcare, especially for conditions like dementia. Dementia describes different brain disorders that trigger a loss of brain function. These conditions are all usually progressive and eventually severe. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting 62% of those diagnosed. There are currently 850,000 people suffering from dementia across the UK, with that figure set to rise to over one million by 2025, and an estimated 46.8 million people living with dementia around the world, with the numbers affected will double every 20 years, rising to 115.4 million in 2050 (Source: Alzheimer’s Society).

We currently build our new homes with an element of Lifetime Homes, so that they can adapt to our needs as we physically age, but we also need to look at how they can adapt to accommodate the needs connected to the increasing number of people affected by dementia. Studies show that a dementia sufferer can remain in their own home, in their community, for up to seven years longer if their home can be easily adapted to allow their changing needs.

BRE are refurbishing a home within their Victorian Terrace, as part of the BRE Innovation Park, to demonstrate that good design can make for an adaptable home that can keep people in their home longer. The aim of this project is to showcase design, technologies and initiatives that can be adopted across a range of homes and property types.

This webinar will cover the design issues and potential solutions surrounding living with dementia, and how those have been addressed in this innovative refurbishment demonstration project.

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