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Designing for People with Dementia: designing for mindful self-empowerment and social engagement

Objective

This project aims to help people with dementia engage in social contexts to improve psychosocial wellbeing. People who are affected by Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias often face cognitive, behavioural and psychosocial difficulties, including impairment and degeneration of memory and of perceptions of identity. In a social context, this can cause difficulties of recognizing, relating to and empathising with other people. These difficulties often pose a challenge for engaging socially, reinforcing their effects and reducing personal well-being.

Design can offer novel ways of complementing existing care approaches to empower people with dementia in everyday social situations. Utilising the concept of mindful design, we will investigate innovative design solutions to enable self-empowerment and confidence building of people living with dementia. We will specifically focus on two areas: personal difficulties with social interaction and environmental influences on social engagement. In these two contexts, we will study how personal, wearable designs can help mediate perceptions of identity and emotion management; and how environmental aspects can reduce feelings of information overload and instill feelings of self-empowerment and control.

The outcomes and benefits of the project will include: the development of new uses of design for helping people with dementia to engage socially and improve subjective well-being; the presentation of a robust methodological co-design framework for the development and evaluation of the designs in dementia care settings; the development of a holistic mindful model of designing and of a model for mindful care for social engagement for people with dementia; policy recommendations for the inclusion of design within dementia care.

This groundbreaking project will be enabled through an innovative consortium of academic and non-academic partners that combines research in product and environmental design, ICT, and dementia care.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-RISE-2015
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-RISE - Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research and Innovation Staff Exchange (RISE)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON
Address
Wulfruna Street
WV1 1LY Wolverhampton
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 112 500

Participants (16)

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 45 000
Address
Duncan Macmillan House Porchester Road
NG3 6AA Nottingham
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
ALZHEIMER EUROPE
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Dicks 14
1417 Luxembourg
Activity type
Other
UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 54 000
Address
2 Avenue De L'universite
4365 Esch-sur-alzette
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 72 000
Address
Drienerlolaan 5
7522 NB Enschede
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING ZORGGROEP SINT MAARTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Gravenallee 13
7591PE Denekamp
Activity type
Other
PANTON BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Muntengang 1
7411 GD Deventer
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 58 500
Address
Helmholtzstrasse 10
01069 Dresden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ALEXIANER ST. HEDWIG KLINIKEN BERLIN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 36 000
Address
Grosse Hamburger Strasse 5-11
10115 Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACIO EURECAT

Participation ended

Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
Activity type
Research Organisations
PIBARQUITECTURASIX SLP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Avila 138 4T 1A
08195 Barcelona
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION INTRAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 76 500
Address
Calle Martin Santos Romero, Num. 1
47016 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
DU IT SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Via Vittorio Emanuele Ii 117
50134 Firenze
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FREDERICK UNIVERSITY FU
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 9 000
Address
Gianni Freiderikou 7
1036 Pallouriotissa Lefkosia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ETIC LAB LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 18 000
Address
Frolic House 23 Frolic Street
SY16 4PQ Newtown
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 13 500
Address
Oxford Road All Saints Building
M15 6BH Manchester
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (2)

QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - QLD QUT
Australia
Address
George Street 2
4001 Brisbane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ITMO UNIVERSITY
Russia
Address
Kronwerkskiy Prosp 49
197101 St Petersburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments