How Urban Design Can Help People with Dementia

As waitlists for care facilities grow longer and more people with dementia are choosing to live within their own communities, urban planning and design will play an increasingly important role in helping them live safe, comfortable and independent lives.

Exercise and social interaction are “incredibly important” for people living with dementia, says Samantha Biglieri, an urban planner working towards her PhD at the University of Waterloo.

Inspired by similar research in European cities, Biglieri wanted to figure out how to create dementia-inclusive public spaces in a Canadian suburban context.

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