Designing for Ageing and Dementia International Research Network
Status / StageCompleted
Dates1 January 2019 -
1 December 2020
Duration (calculated)01 years 11 months
Funder/Grant study pageESRC
Contracted CentreUniversity of Stirling
Contracted Centre Webpage
Principal InvestigatorProfessor Alison Bowes
WHO CatergoriesModels across the continuum of care
Disease TypeDementia (Unspecified)
CPEC Review Info
|Status / Stage
|01 years 11 months
|Funder/Grant study page
|University of Stirling
|Contracted Centre Webpage
Living with an ageing and increasingly cognitively impaired population is seen as an issue in both Japan and the UK. Although the prevalence of dementia is decreasing the incidence is increasing as populations in both countries live longer: between the two countries there are nearly 6 million people with dementia, with numbers rapidly increasing as the respective populations age. This situation is often considered negative and problematic, but an ageing population creates opportunities for creative and innovative solutions to meet the needs of older people with dementia. One such area is the design of the built environment. Designing environments in ways which can maximise quality of life, social inclusion and participation is increasingly a research interest in both countries.
Taking a perspective which maximises personal and societal capacity and participation, valuing the contribution of older people and people with dementia, is increasingly an emphasis in policy in both the UK and Japan, yet has still to be realised in practice and research. Exploring this barrier in a cross-national context may expose cultural differences in how to engage older people and their support network in research.
Building on Stirling’s record of work on designing environments for people with dementia and its initial extension to Japan, there is potential to develop cross-national and cross-cultural learning about ways in which to design environments for older people with dementia with this perspective. The project aims to engage with communities and older people to work in a participative way in both countries and learn more about what really matters, and where evidence is most needed. This activity will enable research to be developed which is co-produced, culturally sensitive and impact generating and learns lessons from experiences in both countries.
Three scoping workshops will focus on: engaging community and understanding culture; policy and economic issues and design in the UK (Workshop 1) and Japan (Workshop 2). Stakeholders including people experiencing dementia will be able to take part in these. A third workshop will consolidate the learning from the previous workshops leading to a manifesto for future research. Four Fellowships for early career researchers (ECRs) will provide opportunities for both Japanese (2) and UK (2) ECRs to gain in-depth knowledge and experience. ECRs will be mentored through the process of the scoping studies and the development of the research programme and joint publications.
The main output from the scoping work will be a programme of cross national research, built on mutual understanding and agreement about key questions and methods that are realistic and practical in both countries and offer insight into culture-specific and culture-invariant design issues with the populations of interest. The programme will be mindful of funding initiatives as well as future-focused.
In addition to completing the scoping work, the collaboration will strengthen and add to the network of researchers engaged in this work from both the UK and Japan. Following completion of the project, keynote lectures open to all researchers interested in environmental aspects of ageing and design in Japan and the UK will be hosted to share the learning from the network.
The project will establish a sustainable research and stakeholder network which will take forward collaborative cross-national and cross-cultural research on living environments for people with dementia.
The project aims to engage with communities and older people to work in a participative way in both countries and learn more about what really matters, and where evidence is most needed. This activity will enable research to be developed which is co-produced, culturally sensitive and impact generating and learns lessons from experiences in both countries.