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Title: Offering architects insights into experiences of living with dementia: A case study on orientation in space, time and identity
Authors: Van Steenwinkel, Iris ×
Van Audenhove, Chantal
Heylighen, Ann #
Issue Date: 7-Feb-2017
Series Title: Dementia: the International Journal of Social Research and Practice vol:Epub ahead of print
Article number: 1471301217692905
Abstract: Due to memory loss, people with dementia are increasingly disorientated in space, time and identity, which causes profound experiences of insecurity, anxiety and homesickness. In the case study presented in this article, we explored how architecture can support people in coping with this challenge. We took a novel approach to offer architects insights into experiences of living with dementia. Starting from a critical realist and constructionist approach, we combined ethnographic techniques with an architectural analysis. This case study offers insights into the experiences and activities
of a woman living with dementia within the architectural context of her home. We describe how the physical and social environment provided her guidance through sequences of day-to-day activities. This study highlights
how architecture can support people with dementia in orientating by accommodating places for (1) everyday activities, and (2) privacy and togetherness.
ISSN: 1471-3012
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:LUCAS - Centre for Care Research and Consultancy
Academic Center for General Practice
Architecture and Design (+)
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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