This recent publication, Dementia and co-creation, aims to inspire and enable designers, researchers, engineers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate in a meaningful way with people affected by dementia.
‘Good design is about empathy – listening to people and understanding their challenges.’ Says Julie Glenn, Design Innovation Lead, introducing the guide.
It is hoped that through co-creation (working with others to develop a new product or service) the result will be innovative products and services that improve quality of life.
“I think the next generation of inventors do need to get out on the ground and in people’s shoes to co-create solutions. I fear innovators are often stuck away in offices remote from reality.” says Alexander, a family member of person living with dementia.
The guide sets out suggested principles for designing for people affected by dementia, provides advice on how to co-create effectively, and includes case studies of this put into action.
Dementia and co-creation can be downloaded as a pdf from the Alzheimer’s Society website, and hardcopies are also available on request.