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Developing more dementia friendly environments

The physical environment is an important part of any community, and one that aims to be more dementia friendly should consider its impact on people living with dementia.

Organisations can make small or big changes that can make a real difference - shown below are some resources which might help.

Small changes

Dementia friendly environments checklist

Based on work by Innovations in Dementia, this simple checklist looks at physical features such as signage, lighting, and more to assess small changes in your organistion's public spaces which may make a positive difference to your employees or customers who live with dementia.

Stirling Standards

Developed by the Dementia Services Development Centre at the University of Stirling, the Stirling Standards use a person-centred approach and simple bullet points to promote more dementia friendly design.

Dementia-friendly outdoor design checklist

Produced by Alzheimer's Australia in New South Wales, this short checklist focuses on those designing outdoor spaces.

Big changes

International Dementia Design Network


Housing LIN


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Neighbourhoods for Life


World Health Organisation age-friendly cities

Produced by the World Health Organisation,this is a strategic checklist for developing an age-friendly city, which shares many features with a dementia friendly community.