MinD Symposium 2016

1st MinD Symposium, 2016: Mindfulness, design and dementia care

The first MinD symposium was held on Wednesday 7 December 2016 at Europe House, London, UK.

The symposium considered the use of mindfulness in dementia care, and discussed the importance of giving people with dementia and their relatives and carers a voice in research.

Below the programme of the event.

You can read a summary here and download the presentation notes from the symposium here.


MinD UK Symposium
Wednesday 7 December 2016
Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London SW1P 3EU 

Time Description
10.00 Arrival and registration
10.15 Introduction to the Symposium and the MinD project

Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton (project coordinator)

10.30 Keynote speech

Prof. Cathy Treadaway, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK
Prof Treadaway will introduce the LAUGH project, which she leads, and then focus on working with users during the research, including data collection and co-design methods, and how this has fed into the design development.

11.15 Break
11.30 MinD framework: using mindfulness to support people with dementia and their carers. Dr Isabell Tournier, University of Luxembourg
11.50 MinD data collection: methodology & initial results
Prof Vjera Holthoff, Alexianer St Hedwig Hospital, Berlin
12.10 MinD design development: co-design & design propositions
Prof Kristina Niedderer, University of Wolverhampton
12.30 Buffet Lunch and Networking
13.30 Design workshops and feedback

Led by members of the consortium

The design workshop will explore and discuss potential design responses to some of the key issues that are emerging from the initial data collection, relating to social engagement, well-being and decision-making.

14.45 Break
15.00 Panel discussion

Panel members: Representatives from the fields of design and dementia care, including: Prof Cathy Treadaway, UK; Sara Miles, Alzheimer’s Society UK, Prof Vjera Holthoff, Germany; Prof Tom Dening, UK

The panel discussion, will address the two themes complemented by topics from the symposium participants:
– independence and social integration: how design can help support independence and self-empowerment to support social engagement rather than to create isolation; and
– the approach to design for healthcare/dementia: appropriateness of approaches and the discrepancy between technology and user led approaches.

Panel speakers:
Prof Cathy Treadaway, Professor of Creative Practice, Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK, has key interests in creativity and wellbeing and in designing for dementia, and is principle investigator for the LAUGH project (Ludic Artifacts Using Gesture and Haptics)
Sara Miles leads the Dementia Friendly Communities Programme at Alzheimer’s Society. With a background within the third sector she is passionate about enabling community change. In her 3 years at Alzheimer’s Society she has worked across Dementia Friends and Dementia Friendly Communities, supporting partnerships with external organisations and evolving the programmes. Sara is currently working with housing sector organisations to produce a dementia-friendly housing charter highlighting best practice and commitments around design, training and processes that can improve the lives of people affected by dementia.
Prof Vjera Holthoff, Germany. Vjera (MD, PhD, Gero-psychiatry) specialises in non-pharmacol. interventions in dementia, telemedicine, and neurocognition.
Prof Tom Dening, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. Tom has 20 years experience as consultant working with dementia and in dementia research.

16.00 Close (optional networking until 16.30)