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

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.
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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)

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NOTTINGHAMSHIRE HEALTHCARE NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 45 000

ALZHEIMER EUROPE

Luxembourg

UNIVERSITE DU LUXEMBOURG

Luxembourg

EU Contribution

€ 54 000

UNIVERSITEIT TWENTE

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 72 000

STICHTING ZORGGROEP SINT MAARTEN

Netherlands

PANTON BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 9 000

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 58 500

ALEXIANER ST. HEDWIG KLINIKEN BERLIN GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 36 000

FUNDACIO EURECAT

Spain

PIBARQUITECTURASIX SLP

Spain

FUNDACION INTRAS

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 76 500

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 9 000

DU IT SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 18 000

MESOKELEAS LTD

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 9 000

ETIC LAB LLP

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 18 000

THE MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 13 500

Partners (2)

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QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY - QLD QUT

SAINT PETERSBURG NATIONAL RESEARCH UNIVERSITY OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES, MECHANICS AND OPTICS

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 691001

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 March 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.3.

  • Overall budget:

    € 549 000

  • EU contribution

    € 531 000

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITY OF WOLVERHAMPTON

United Kingdom