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The Dementia-Friendly Design Series
Session 1: Lighting

Date: January 26th, 2010
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST  
Cost: Free!


Frances Morton-Chang
Doctoral Student, Health Policy
University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine

Leah Sadler
Associate Director Education, Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program
Schlegel-UW Research Institute on Aging, University of Waterloo

Summary:  As highlighted by both Health Canada and the World Health Organization, social and physical environments are key social determinants of health (WHO, 2002; Health Canada, 2006). The first in a series, this session will introduce why environmental design is important for the quality of life of persons living with dementia.

The Design and Dementia Community of Practice has developed a series of knowledge translation tools related to important physical design elements including but not limited to lighting, doorways, noise and signage, to facilitate the process of persons with dementia and their caregivers to make sense of their environment and improve their sense of well-being. This series is designed to allow for discussion around the evidence and suggestions compiled and presented in the knowledge translation tools in order to learn from one another, uncover new ways to address the complexity of dementia as related to environmental design issues and strategize how to work toward best practice in this area.

In this first session, the lighting knowledge translation tool will be introduced. A small panel of Design and Dementia Community of Practice members involved in developing the lighting knowledge translation tool to-date will be available to respond to questions emerging through discussion. 

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Technical Requirements:

Visual Support - The presentation will be accessible via an Internet connection.  This connection can be any web-enabled laptop or desktop computer of your choice.
Audio Suppprt - Audio support for the presentation will be provided through your telephone via a toll-free line.

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