WP8 Update Year 3

Semi-annual web-update – March-August 2018

The MinD project is now in the design phase and continues to disseminate its results and to reach out to other researchers, health professionals and the general public. The team is now also in the process of setting up the final conference and reaching out to the relevant parties (researchers and organisations representing people with dementia) to join in this event. The theme of the final conference is ‘Designing with and for people with dementia: Wellbeing, Empowerment and Happiness’ and the conference is organized in collaboration with the DRS Special Interest Group on Behaviour Change and the DRS Special Interest Group.

The website for the conference is online and a call for papers is out: http://designingfordementia.eu/news/mind-events/mind-conference-2019)

Throughout March – August 2018, work on the scientific publications (journal and conference papers) has continued.  A conference paper about the co-creation tools that were developed for data collection was presented at 2018 conference of the Design Research Society in Limerick, Ireland in June. A poster submission was done for the AAL Forum (to be held 24th – 27th September 2018).

Work on several other papers has continued (three journal papers in WP3, one conference paper and two journal papers in WP2) that are expected to be submitted before the end of 2018. A journal paper on design for care environments for people with dementia (WP5) is still under review and researchers of the MinD team were invited to submit a systematic review on design of environments in demetia care to a special issue of the journal Maturitas.

The MinD newsletter is sent out periodically on the MinD public discussion list and news of the MinD project is also being published through the Alzheimer Europe’s the monthly newsletter. In May 2018 during the secondment in Nottingham there was a very successful PPI session that was set up as a first evaluation for the Social Engagement Map concept. About 8 researchers and 10 people with dementia participated in this PPI session, there was ample attention for creating common ground and understanding between the groups which worked really well.

The project website is being updated regularly with project information and updates related to the exchanges. The amount of followers on Twitter has again increased and the MinD account now has 302 followers.

References:

Garde, J.A., Voort, M.C.v.d., Niedderer, K. (2018). Design Probes for people with dementia. Proceedings of DRS 2018 International Conference: Catalyst, 6, pp. 2607-2621. Proceedings.