Design for Dementia : Principles for Experiential and Environmental Design


Our aging population is on the rise and dementia is along with it. Their needs for enrichment are profound. What might design principles look like when creating environments and experiences for this population? What practices can we bring to be to understand and evaluate their complex needs? We will share work from a years-long research and development project creating multi-sensory, real-world interactives for people living with dementia in a memory care facility. This project focused on improving the quality of life through fostering immersion and delight. We will share the evolution of standards and design principles for this realm.


Maria Mortati
Principal, Maria Mortati Experience Design, California, United States


Presentation Type

Innovation Showcase


Architectonic, Spatial, and Environmental Design


Multi-sensory, Dementia, Environmental Design