Editor’s Note: Erin West and Joshua Crews, members of the CDH Architectural Studio, recently presented their research along with Georgia Tech Senior Research Faculty member Jennifer DeBose during the 2015 Environments for Aging Conference (EFA). Below is an article published about their presentation.
The smell of a waffle cone wafting through the air would probably make you want a waffle cone, right? If you don’t get it, are you disappointed or frustrated?
“That’s how residents with dementia may feel if their senses were engaged to one thing, but then it didn’t happen,” said researcher Jennifer DuBose at the Environments for Aging Conference on Sunday in Baltimore, MD.
DuBose, associate director of SimTigrate Design Lab presented alongside architects Joshua Crews and Erin West from CDH Partners in a session titled “Senses and the Environment: Reaching Beyond the Dementia to Engage the Person.”
Crews and West work with DuBose to find and read as many articles about dementia and designing for dementia residents as possible. They’ve found that the senses play a huge role in how an environment should be created and use this information in designing future CDH Partners projects.
Right now there are 5.2 million people living with dementia, West said. Two-thirds of them are women. By 2050, there will be 13.8 million people living with the disease and the majority will be over 85. We’re needing to figure out solutions and trends to accommodate this population. Please click here to continue reading.
You can also view last year’s video on the research done by CDH and Georgia Tech on Aging.