Development of a design process to design for people with dementia and their extended care network - learning from a case study

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Abstract

In Europe we face an aging society with a growing number of people suffering from dementia. This challenge we face as a society, because current healthcare systems are not ready for such an increase. In this paper we propose a new design process to find new opportunity areas using an interactive experience flow based on the dementia care chain. This overview is based on multiple perspectives in the care chain, and reflects the different experiences people have in the process. Design for dementia is difficult as user-driven techniques are challenging to apply with the impaired user group, surrounded by an extended network. The methodology proposed shows how we can include the shared perspective of all the people involved (including users). And in this way develop a design proposition together iteratively. In the case study, about the design of a physical activity reminder, the methodology is illustrated and explored. It shows the overall design process is promising, arguing to use the methodology for future design projects as well. Eventually we aim to improve the quality of life for people living with dementia and keep them at home longer to unburden healthcare systems. Keywords: Design practice, Design process, Human behavior in design, social innovation, healthcare design
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDS 75-1: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Engineering Design (ICED13), Design for Harmonies, Vol.1: Design Processes, August 19-22, 2013, Seoul, Korea
EditorsU. Lindemann, S. Venkataraman, Y.S. Kim, S.W. Lee, J. Clarckson, G. Cascini
Place of PublicationSeoul, Korea
PublisherDesign Society
Pages229-238
ISBN (Print)978-1-904670-44-5
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013 - Seoul, Korea, Republic of
Duration: 19 Aug 201322 Aug 2013

Conference

Conference19th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2013
Abbreviated titleICED 13
CountryKorea, Republic of
CitySeoul
Period19/08/1322/08/13
Other"Design for Harmonies"

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