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Human factors for dementia: Evidence based design

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posted on 21.08.2018, 09:44 by Charlotte Jais, Sue HignettSue Hignett, Eef HogervorstEef Hogervorst
Designing care environments for people living with dementia is a complex challenge as the key stakeholder may have difficulty communicating their capabilities, limitations and preferences. This paper describes the use of evidence-based design personas in a multi-disciplinary team with architects and chartered human factors specialists. Four individual personas (Alison, Barry, Christine and David) and a couple persona (Chris and Sally) were used to bring the voices of the people living with different stages of dementia to the design process. Their changing/fluctuating symptoms were communicated in two formats (wheel and matrix) within an inclusive design process to adapt a Victorian semi-detached house. The demonstrator house presents evidence based design, adaptation and support solutions to support people living with dementia to age well at home.


Design Star Doctoral Consortium funded the development of the Design Personas (AHRC PhD studentship). Loughborough University Enterprise Project Group funded the design development work with Building Research Establishment.



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20th Triennial Conference of the International Ergonomics Association




JAIS, C., HIGNETT, S. and HOGERVORST, E., 2018. Human factors for dementia: Evidence based design. IN: Bagnara, S. ... et al., Proceedings of the 20th International Ergonomics Association (IEA2018), Florence, Italy, Aug 26-30th, Volume IX: Aging, Gender and Work, Anthropometry, Ergonomics for Children and Educational Environments. Chaim: Springer, pp 36-43.




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This is a pre-copyedited version of a contribution published in Bagnara, S. ... et al. (eds.) 20th International Ergonomics Association (IEA2018): Volume IX: Aging, Gender and Work, Anthropometry, Ergonomics for Children and Educational Environments published by Springer. The definitive authenticated version is available online via https://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319960647

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Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing, 826




Florence, Italy

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August 26-30