MinD addresses the social needs of people with early to mid-stage dementia living in the community. Dementia is a huge social challenge. Currently, around 50 million people worldwide have dementia. With no cure available, preventive and social approaches to limit its impact hold the most promise. Design has significant potential to help identify people’s needs and wishes and support them.
MinD has used the concepts of design and mindfulness to develop innovative design solutions that support people with dementia with self-empowerment and social engagement. MinD had 3 stages: data collection, design development, and evaluation. Each stage featured user participation to help develop several products: the This is Me life story board game; the Living the Life mindful reflective booklet; the You and Me interactive decision-making tool; and Let’s Meet Up!, a digital platform for social interaction with chosen family or friends. These products aim to reduce anxiety and enhance quality of life, well-being, confidence, social contact and engagement for people living with dementia. Seeing the person with dementia as a capable and unique individual benefits their families, and so could reduce the costs of care.
Besides developing these exciting design products, MinD has developed a novel Mindful co-design methodology and guidelines to promote the involvement of people with dementia in research and development; and we have summarised our insights as a set of Recommendations to improve design practice, education and policy.
MinD Tools Explore
The MinD Tools comprise information about and access to our design products, design research tools and co-design guidelines.
MinD Publications Read
The MinD publications offer insight into the research that underpin our outcomes, including the data collection, design development and evaluation with people with dementia.
International MinD Conference 2019