Since its launch on May 1st, more than 200 people from 32 countries have signed The Dignity Manifesto of Design for People Living with Dementia. View the signatories here.
The goal of the Manifesto is to arrive at an internationally accepted statement of values and principles able to guide good design for people living with dementia. It follows the release of a report by Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) calling out Dementia design as lagging decades behind accommodations for other physical disabilities.
Recommendation 45 of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety: Improving the design of aged care accommodation – requires that a comprehensive set of National Aged Care Design Principles and Guidelines on accessible and dementia-friendly design for residential aged care be developed and published by 1 July 2022.
Lead author of the ADI report and proponent of the Manifesto, Professor Richard Fleming said the existence of a set of principles and values being signed up to by hundreds of experts from around the world should inform discussions on the implementation of Recommendation 45.
Signatories are able to comment on the values and principles. Comments will inform the writing of the next version of the manifesto, which will be reflective of current thought and opinion. To add your signature and learn more.