Today, on World Alzheimer’s Day, Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) launches the world’s most comprehensive report on dementia-related design and the built environment.
The first of its kind, the World Alzheimer Report 2020 is the most comprehensive and in-depth look at dementia related design and the built environment. It looks at progress to date, pioneers and innovators, design principles, application, regional and cultural contexts, the importance of including people with dementia in all aspects of design, and poignantly the role of design during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Across two volumes, including 84 case studies, the report looks at design in home/domestic settings, day and residential care, hospitals and public buildings and spaces. The report makes a strong statement that design for dementia is 30 years behind the physical disabilities movement – and that this must change!
Dementia design follows simple principles, is cost effective and dramatically improves enjoyment and safety of built environments for those living with dementia. Dementia design can enable people to live in their own homes and communities for as long as possible. On World Alzheimer’s Day, ADI calls on governments to embed design in their national dementia responses under the Convention on the Rights for Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).