What is the MinD project?
We are a group of researchers, health experts and designers from several countries across Europe. MinD is an exciting project to imagine and develop new designs to enable people living with dementia to be more confident and empowered. We use the concept of mindful design and we are especially interested in helping to promote social interaction and how the environment influences social engagement. The MinD project is funded by the European Commission.
What is mindful design?
Mindfulness is used in psychology to describe bringing your attention to your experience and sensations in the present moment. It is used as a basis for psychological treatment. However, we also think that designing items, such as textiles or furnishings that consider life ‘in the moment’ may be important to promote health and well-being.
Why are we so interested in social interaction and social engagement?
People who live with dementia often have issues that affect their social life, for example memory loss or lack of confidence. This is worrying since well-being and life satisfaction are closely linked to social activities. We also know that people living with dementia are often not consulted about their needs and what would improve their daily life. Therefore a project that looks at design and how it can affect social interaction, and involves people with dementia throughout the design process is really important.
What will the MinD project do?
The project has 3 phases. First, we have collected various sorts of information (for example, from interviews and special diaries) from people living with dementia and their caregivers in four European countries. Second, we are developing plans for new products that are based on what we have learned in the first phase. Third, we will test and evaluate newly developed products helped by people with dementia and their carers.
If you would like to read more about these phases of the project, please visit the subpages on this site:
We welcome you to help us…
We are very enthusiastic about the MinD project. Our research team comes from seven countries (UK, Luxembourg, The netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia). All team members have different experience in design, information technology, dementia care and psychology. Above all, we have some very valuable experts about dementia: people living with the condition and their caregivers.
If you are interested by this project or you are interested in participating, please contact the partner in your country of interest:
- UK – Prof Kristina Niedderer at the University of Wolverhampton
- Germany – Dr Vjera Holthoff-Detto at Alexianer Kliniker Berlin
- Spain – Dr Rosa Almeida at Fundacion Intras
- Netherlands – Dr Geke Ludden at Universiteit Twente
For more information on dementia, please visit the Alzheimer Europe Website.