Neighbourhoods for Life - Designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments

A finding leaflet by Oxford Centre for Sustainable Development (2004). The study aimed to find out how to create dementia friendly neighbourhoods that enhance and extend the active participation of older people with dementia in their local communities. The objectives of the study were as follows:

  • To investigate how older people with dementia interact with the outdoor environment, the nature and quality of their experiences, and their understanding of the outdoor environment
  • To identify design factors that influence the ability of older people with dementia to successfully use the outdoor environment
  • To offer preliminary guidance (at all scales, from urban design to the design of street furniture) for designing dementia-friendly outdoor environments