Using design to improve the daily lives of people living with Dementia, Alzheimer100 is a collaborative initiative founded in 2007, by Design of the Times 07 (Dott07), The Alzheimer's Society and thinkpublic.
In 2007, thinkpublic worked with North East of England branches of The Alzheimer's Society to investigate new methods for improving the everyday lives of people with dementia, carers and service providers.
In order to gain first hand insights of living with dementia, the preliminary stage of the project saw thinkpublic meet people with dementia, carers and service providers across North East England. The emergent insights and ideas fed directly into the design and facilitation of co-design workshops, and were later documented into an emotional 18minute documentary film. The investigative and co-design process resulted in a number of recommendations for improvement, including a Dementia Signposting Service, Mentoring Programme and the design of a safe "Wandering Garden".
Thinkpublic's recommendations have since informed the National Dementia Strategy launched in June 2008. Thinkpublic continues to work with The Alzheimer's Society on developing the Dementia Signposting Service, which aims to result in a national information and signposting service.
In recognition of the projects' success and innovative use of design thinking, Alzheimer100 was highly commended by The Journal at the Dott07 awards (People's Voice Award) and further exhibited at the Dott07 Festival, held on the bank of the River Tyne in Newcastle Gateshead. To see the photos of thinkpublic at Dott07, visit Flickr.
For more information about Alzheimer100, please contact Ian Drysdale at firstname.lastname@example.org