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WHATA project researching how neighborhood environment and building and design effect the mobility and engagement of those living with dementia.
WHYTo gather first-hand information on the experience of getting around a neighborhood for individuals with dementia, to inform policy and design and to provide improved access.
Dementia Inclusive Streets and Community Access, Participation and Engagement. Department of Gerontology. Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Program Description

“How persons living with dementia perceive, interpret, and interact with the neighborhood built environment is not adequately understood.”

“One of the unique features of being a student at Gerontology at SFU is that you can engage in research activities and really make a difference for the future of older people in Canada I really feel that the study of aging has opened up not just a job for me, but for a career. We know we're making a difference every day in the lives of older adults in our community.”
-video SFU Gerontology: An Introduction.

The Dementia-inclusive Streets and Community Access, Participation and Engagement or DemSCAPE Project believes that supporting dementia-inclusive community design and developing supportive dementia friendly neighborhoods can help those with dementia to remain active and engaged in their communities, and improve their quality of life.

The DemSCAPE Project aims to research and document the outdoor walking experience of persons living with dementia through walk-along interviews, photo and video documentation including mounted GoPro cameras, and sit-down interviews.

The project hopes to provide information to municipal planners and decision-makers on dementia-inclusive design for communities.

DemSCAPE incudes researchers from Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia and University of Northern British Columbia and is funded by the Dementia Strategic Fund: Awareness Raising Initiatives program created by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) , the Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.

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