Dementia Care for a Population in Crisis

Good Health and Well-Being by Design


November 2020

1 HSW CE Credit, AIA # DAS363-20 - 1 HSW LU, IDCEC # 113393 - 1 HSW CEU

About this webinar

One in 8 persons over 65 will have dementia and as the elderly population grows, the disease continues to grow. This course introduces a design model that enriches the quality of life for those with dementia.  

We are currently engaged in a paradigm shift from traditional home care to a home-like environment.  This requires that we provide comfortable safe housing that is also a person-centered home. This presentation is a guide for design interventions that can help mitigate the impact of this growing crisis. These interventions are environmental therapies based on science and linked to design; using color, light, nature, sensory stimulation and reminiscence art to enrich the environment. Until we find a cure, human-centric design interventions remain a powerful tool for anyone dealing with Dementia.

The content of this course has not been approved by the United Nations and does not reflect the views of the United Nations or its officials or Member States.

Hosted by Barbara Huelat

Barbara J. Huelat, AAHID, FASID, IIDA, EDAC, Design Principal at Huelat Parimucha, is nationally recognized for her work in evidence-based healthcare design and serves as a healing environment consultant to healthcare facilities, product manufacturers, academia, institutions and the architectural design community. Her three decades of design experience cover virtually all types, components and sizes of domestic and international healthcare facilities. Author of "Healing Environments, Design for the Body, Mind & Spirit" , Barbara lectures frequently and publishes articles on healing environments and a spectrum of healthcare design topics. ASID (American Society of Interior Designers), AIA (American Institute of Architects), ASHE (American Society for Healthcare Engineers), Planetree, and the Center for Health Design have honored Barbara and her work with numerous design awards for exceptional project work.

Upon completion, you'll be able to:

  • Identify the diseases of dementia, the symptoms, behaviors and human challenges of caregivers and those with dementia.
  • Recognize the healing power of design interventions to reduce stress, mitigate disruptive behaviors, improve sleep, social interaction and provide a sense of joy.
  • Apply architectural and design applications of circadian lighting, reminiscent therapy color contrast, sensory engagement and positive distraction to improve outcomes.
  • Evaluate new design tools as a research-based intervention.

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