The UK’s aging population means that the number of people living with dementia is on the increase, with 800,000 people living with a form of the illness in 2012. It’s estimated that by 2021 there will be one million people with dementia in the UK, and this is expected to rise to more than 1.7 million people by 2051.
Design can help people living with dementia by creating environments that support everyday living in a range of different settings, maximising independence and reducing frustration.
The conference will explore the use of design in people’s own homes, care homes, hospitals and the outdoor environment. Presentations and workshop sessions will be delivered by designers, health and social care professionals, representatives from charities and industrial companies, and people caring for family members who have dementia.
Keynote speeches will be from the Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP, Vice Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on dementia, and representatives from healthcare charity the King’s Fund, the Design Council and the Dementia Services Design Centre.
There will also be the opportunity to join the International Dementia Design Network - a collaborative research and innovation group that will be launched at the event. The conference is sponsored by The Booth Charities, which aim to improve the wellbeing of Salford residents, and Leeds-based Find, a company which manufactures signs designed to help people with dementia navigate their environment.
Natalie Yates-Bolton of the School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Care said: “We are committed to making a positive difference to the well-being of people living with dementia. We are keen to support national and international collaboration in research, innovation and education in dementia design.”
Dementia Design Conference, Mary Seacole Building, University of Salford, 14 September, 9.30am to 4.00pm. Cost: £100 for delegates and £300 for exhibitors.
To book go to the University shop.