Dementia friendly places
by Katie Brittain
As a researcher I have always had an interest in what makes a place, particularly outside places, accessible and enjoyable for people with dementia. Much research and policy has focused on places that are indoors, for example a person’s home or a care home, and yet the outdoors has huge health and social benefits to the person enjoying them. Many people with dementia live within their own homes and there is a need, and a policy push, to enable people with dementia to carry on enjoying these outside places.
So I ask the question how can we design or shape outside places, such as our cities or our neighborhoods, to support people with dementia to continue to use and enjoy them? I would love to hear about the places that are ‘dementia friendly’, the places people with dementia and their carers enjoy to go, whether this is outside or inside. So if you are a person living with dementia, or care for someone with dementia, or have a real interest in how communities can be dementia friendly then please support this movement and share it with others who may wish to support it too.
Thank you for supporting this movement around 'dementia friendly places', I'm pleased to say that this has moved to the 'design phase' and you can have your say here:
I have found the comments left really useful so if there are any further comments about the app please feel free to add more through the link above. I am also keen to speak to anyone about this app and what you feel makes a place dementia friendly as part of this design phase. If you would be willing to talk to me (face to face or by telephone) then please email me or telephone me on the number below:
Thank you again for your support, the more people who use this the more it will become useful for people with dementia and their carers.