Simple things, the Alzheimer's space

Stotlar, J 2006, Simple things, the Alzheimer's space, Masters by Research, Architecture and Design, RMIT University.


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Collection: Theses

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Title Simple things, the Alzheimer's space
Author(s) Stotlar, J
Year 2006
Abstract Advances in medical science, changing attitudes, and innovation of health care have greatly benefited those living with Alzheimer’s disease. To further serve those living with Alzheimer’s it is the responsibility of those in the field of design to become informed on design for those with dementia. This will allow for sensitive design responses which establish dignity, privacy and independence; and provide the social and psychological support required to maintain a sense of self-worth and purpose.

Thus it is the aim of this research to achieve a base understanding of the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and thorough the principles of interior design, articulate an environment in which will support and embrace the Alzheimer’s resident. The research culminates in a DVR which acts as a “Kit of Parts” for the designer. It was quickly established that work taken from of a “Kit of Parts” could be applied holistically and on an individual basis to the Alzheimer’s resident.

The “Kit of Parts” also establishes a data base from which the designer can draw from, and readily interpret. As with all design this subject matter is extremely subjective and individual. The way this information is presented allows the designer to bring their own personality to design and promotes regionalism, specific style, and different interpretations with the space, extending its benefits to the Alzheimer’s resident.


Degree Masters by Research
Institution RMIT University
School, Department or Centre Architecture and Design
Keyword(s) Alzheimer’s Disease
Dementia
Interior Design
Aged Care Facilities
Elderly Housing
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