Growing Community: Designing community-based adult day services for people living with dementia
Blask, Kaley Allison
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.F.A.) -- Design for Sustainability
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Design for Sustainability
*Winner, Thesis Proposal Award
Bibliographical references: pages 129-145
"In America, 78 million baby boomers are reaching the age at greatest risk for developing dementia. Due to the nature of dementia, there comes a time when people living with it are no longer able to care for themselves independently. Family caregivers will face the difficulties of balancing care for another individual with their own lives, and many of them will seek outside help. The current long-term care system is overburdened by increasing costs due to lack of funding, low quality of care outcomes, and its inability to meet the needs of people living with dementia and their caregivers. Decades of systematic segregation from society combined with a lack of general understanding has resulted in the deep-seated stigmatization of aging and dementia prevalent today. A review of the literature and qualitative research in the field of dementia care revealed the need for innovative community-based services that will build on people’s strengths and support aging in place. Building on adult day services’ activities programming, specifically gardening, a framework for leveraging adult day services’ role within community contexts was created. Growing Community presents a series of designs for adult day services centers to use in facilitating meaningful interaction through human’s innate desire to be connected with nature and with each other. The purpose of Growing Community is to raise awareness of dementia and adult day services, creating a more educated and connected society that supports aging in place for the growing aging and dementia population."
*Keywords: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, adult day services, community-based services, social sustainability, aging in place, dementia care, sensory therapy, outdoor activities for people living with dementia, design for dementia, dementia-friendly communities
CHAIR: Boylston, Scott
Johnson, Christopher J.
Adams, Elaine Gallagher
Design for Sustainability
PDF : 175 pages, color illustrations
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