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Design project aims to improve quality of life for dementia patients

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Old engine parts and other objects that remind people of their former working lives can help improve the quality of life for dementia patients, revealed a study by Kingston University.

The “Living with Dementia: Can Design Make a Difference?” study looked at how the design of care home buildings, décor and activities can help residents with dementia.

The Design Research Centre at Kingston University London Foundation completed the 12 month study looking at ways of improving the quality of life for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

The team said “Things to touch, feel and fiddle with should be a vital part of these interiors. Tactile resources such as soft fabric samples right through to engine parts are appreciated by the residents.”

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  • working with patients with dementia I found speckled carpets to be a danger as they would attempt to pick up the 'pieces' and consequently lose there balance.

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