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Designing Environments for People with Dementia: A Systematic Literature Review

Alison Bowes
University of Stirling, UK

Alison Dawson
University of Stirling, UK

Product Details
08 Feb 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
136 pages - 129 x 198mm
Emerald Points
The ebook edition of this title is Open Access and is freely available to read online. This review systematically explores and assesses the quality of the evidence base for effective and supportive design of living environments for people living with Dementia. 

Dementia is a major challenge for all countries, as the population with the condition is growing rapidly. Societies desperately need to identify measures which mean that they can continue to thrive with a large population of people who are cognitively impaired. Medical treatments are poor, and there is little indication of better medications appearing in the coming decades. There is urgent need for non-medical advances which can address the challenge including ensuring environments are conducive to living better with Dementia. Whilst there is a lot of activity in this area of Dementia friendly design, the evidence base remains poorly synthesized and weak. 

This book pulls evidence together to provide a solid reference point from which further research and further developments in the field of Dementia care and support can proceed. 
Identification of Relevant Literature 
Screening Processes 
Review of Full Text Items and Assessment of Quality 
Overview of Results 
Discussion of Literature 
Assistive Technology 
Care Homes 
Communication and Interaction
Environmental Factors and Agitation 
Mealtimes and Eating 
Multisensory Environments 
Outside Spaces 
Other Services 
Particular Items 
Quality of Life 
Sensory Issues 
Support at Home 
Using Guidelines/Evidence 
Methodological Issues 
Methodological Issues 
Care Settings 
Rooms, Fixtures and Fittings
Design Guidelines for People with Dementia
Alison Bowes is Professor in Sociology and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences in the University of Stirling, UK. 
Alison Dawson is Research Fellow in the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Stirling, UK.

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