Dementia Citizens is a new project that aims to help people with dementia and those who care for them, using apps on smartphones and tablets. If you’re affected by dementia, Dementia Citizens can help you:
- find new activities that you can enjoy with family and friends, using your smartphone or tablet
- take part in dementia research studies and help us understand more about dementia care
- learn new ways of living with dementia and caring for someone with dementia
Find out more – www.dementiacitizens.org
In 2003 the Austrian supermarket chain Adeg opened Europe’s first supermarket specially designed for older people’s needs “Supermarket der Generationen”.
Inside the aisles are wider, the lighting is specially calibrated for the sensitive eyes of older people and the floor is non-skid to prevent any potential falls – especially in the rainy seasons. All products are easy to reach and prices easy to read. Magnifiers are mounted by the shelves for people who may have left their glasses at home. Seating areas are provided so that people can take a rest if need be and they can even test their blood pressure for free. Customers can test products to make sure they get what they really want to and staff are trained to respond to the needs of older people. In fact most staff are older people themselves.
Adeg’s older friendly store proved a hit with people of all ages – sales were typically 20% higher than other Adeg chain stores. So after the pilot in Salzburg the company rolled the model out across the chain.
The Lifetime Homes Standard was established in the mid-1990s by a group of housing experts to help older people and those with mobility difficulties to live well in any property.
Lifetime Homes are ordinary homes incorporating 16 design criteria that can be universally applied to new homes at minimal cost. Good design, in this context, is considered to be design that maximizes utility, independence and quality of life, while not compromising other design issues such as aesthetics or cost effectiveness.
Housing that is designed to the Lifetime Homes Standard is convenient for most occupants, including some (but not all) wheelchair users and disabled visitors, without the necessity for substantial alterations. Many local planning policies (e.g. London, Wales and Northern Ireland) already require the Lifetime Homes standard in new developments.
For more information: http://www.lifetimehomes.org.uk/pages/lifetime-homes.html
Launched in 2012, The World Health Organisation’s age-friendly environments programme is an international effort to address the environmental and social factors that contribute to active and healthy ageing.
More 40 cities from across the world have signed the ‘Dublin Declaration’ expressing their commitment to creating age-friendly cities which address the needs of older people in respect to: the built environment, transport, housing, social participation, respect and social inclusion, civic participation and employment, communication, and community support and health services.
The initiative was prompted by the fact that in 2008, for the first time in history, the majority of the world’s population lived in cities. Yet our urban landscapes are often not very age-friendly – they lack spaces to sit, regular public toilets, accessible public transport and more.
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