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When it comes to
empowering older adults
living with dementia,
there's an inescapable
contradiction between
our aspirations and
the realities of the
environments we create.
instead of designing bespoke, individualized
residential environments and then layering in
necessary regulations.
The first step toward a built environment
that invites the integration of people living
with dementia with the larger community is
creating opportunities for residential care
environments that overlap and intersect with
the public realm they inhabit-places called

" dementia-friendly zones. " Utilizing smart
sensors, wearable devices, discrete health
monitoring, portable devices for caregivers,
and other technology that exists today, the
secure boundary of a community for people
living with dementia no longer needs to correspond to the footprint of a physical building
or fencing. Furthermore, by using these smart
devices, what constitutes a secure boundary
can be customized for each resident. For one
resident, caregivers may need to be alerted
through a monitoring app if they leave the
building, but for another resident, caregivers
may need to be alerted only if they leave the
bounds of the park across the street.
This same level of customization also
enables the boundary to adapt for the same
resident as they progress through the disease. These types of interventions eliminate
the " surplus safety " approach of applying the
most restrictive condition to everyone. By
challenging the idea that physically locking
up older adults with dementia is the only way
to keep everyone safe, we're able to allow

individuals with dementia much greater personal freedom and, ideally, happiness.

Achieving authentic living
These themes aren't merely a refinement of the
principles that have led to the dementia environments we have now. They also signal fundamental shifts in the way we view older adults
with cognitive impairment. Do we view them as
" others " who need to be separated and hidden
from our society, or do we view them as fellow
humans who bring value and meaning to our
neighborhoods, towns, and cities? Living environments that personify dignity, sense of self,
and culture are places that feel like home. This
is what the industry must aspire to, and attain,
for every member of our society regardless of
chronological age or cognitive ability. EFA
Jennifer Sodo is an architect and senior associate at Perkins Eastman (Pittsburgh). She can be
reached at jennifer.sodo@perkinseastman.com.
Max Winters is an architect and senior associate at
Perkins Eastman (Pittsburgh). He can be reached
at max.winters@perkinseastman.com.

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