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Alzheimer100 - Using design to improving the journey through dementia

Published Date: 8 July 2008

Alzheimer100 is a project that aims to come up with creative solutions to the challenges presented by dementia.

Design of the Times 07 (Dott07) invited thinkpublic to work with North East of England branches of The Alzheimer's Society, to investigate new methods for improving the everyday lives of people with dementia, their carers and service providers. In order to gain first hand insight into living with dementia, the preliminary stage of the project saw thinkpublic carry out a series of interviews with people affected. A skill-sharing workshop was then held to train people with dementia in film-making and interviewing skills. The emergent insights and ideas fed directly into the design and facilitation of co-design workshops, and an emotional 18minute documentary film was produced. The investigative and co-design process resulted in a number of recommendations for improvement, including a Dementia Signposting Service, a Mentoring Programme for Carers and the design of a safe "Wandering Garden". The National Dementia Strategy, launching in October 2008, was informed of Thinkpublic's recommendations. Thinkpublic continue to work with The Alzheimer's Society to develop the Dementia Signposting Service, which aims to result in national implementation. In recognition of the projects' success and innovative use of design thinking, Alzheimer100 was highly commended by The Dott07 Journal (People's Voice Award) and further exhibited at the Dott07 Festival, held on the bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle Gateshead.