Dementia-Inclusive Resource Centre
A diagnosis of dementia can have a tremendous impact on an individual and their family. The symptoms of dementia are complex, including memory loss, visio-spatial changes, changes in depth perception, impaired reasoning, and difficulty navigating familiar spaces. With this in mind, the ASNB decided to undergo a complete redesign of our office space to better accommodate people living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“When the opportunity arose during a planned renovation to our office space, we approached Mr. Jim McLaughlin and Dr. Joy Graham, the owners of the building, to seek their willingness to embark on a journey to create a more dementia-inclusive space,” says Chandra MacBean, Executive Director of the ASNB. “They wholeheartedly agreed and were committed to the process from the first conversation. We believe that communities and businesses across our province can become more welcoming for people living with dementia—and this space is a practical example of that.”
The information that follows highlights our learning journey, and is intended to demonstrate how simple changes that you can make at home, at work, or in your community can have a measurable impact on those living with dementia.
We would like to take you on a tour of our Dementia-Inclusive Resource Centre! Take a look at some of the changes we’ve made to our office that you can consider implementing, too!
General Design Tips
Want to learn more about dementia-friendly spaces? Check out these resources!
Making Your Home Dementia Friendly - Alzheimer's Society UK
Home Safety Checklist for Alzheimer's Disease - National Institute on Aging
Safety in the Home - Alzheimer Society of Canada
Dementia 101 - Dementia Friends