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Living with Dementia: UK’s Design Council Challenge Underway

By Michelle Seitzer / Posted on 29 August 2011

The UK-based Alzheimer’s Society recently shared guidelines for a new challenge set by the Design Council: Living Well with Dementia. Partnering with the Department of Health, the Council looks forward to innovative submissions that “will help improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers.”

Working towards a deadline of September 30th, participants are not limited to one particular category. The Council looks forward to receiving creative solutions for dementia care in the form of products, services, architecture/design, hardware, software, or all of the above.

After judging, 15 finalists will be chosen; the finalists will receive funds to expand their ideas and create a business plan. Eventually, challenge winners will have the opportunity to “showcase their working prototypes to the public and healthcare audience” and may even be in a position to launch their idea to financiers and prospective partners. (Learn more about the challenge here.)

Any type of new design that supports those living with dementia/Alzheimer’s – from products, programs, and services to the actual physical layout of senior care communities – is extremely valuable in terms of creating an atmosphere that successfully sustains aging-in-place, even through the challenges presented by the disease process. Read more about other design contests here on our blog.

 

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