30. Dementia Services Development Centre, Scotland


International (Scotland, the Netherlands, England)

Who is involved:

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC), is an international centre based at the University of Stirling and guided by an International Advisory Board.

Nature of activity:

The Dementia Services Development Centre (DSDC) at Stirling University is world-renowned for its work on dementia-friendly design, environments and housing (see also Mitchell L 2012 in the literature review for dementia-friendly housing in the report “Mapping DFCs across Europe”). In partnership, the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands brings in its knowledge on intelligent lighting systems which can improve the physical and mental wellbeing of people with dementia and their (informal) care providers and knowledge on how dementia lighting innovations can create sustainable business. Further, in collaboration, a guide on how to do dementia-friendly ‘access audits’ of buildings has been produced by an NGO in England, “Innovations in Dementia”.

At DSDC, which champions sharing of information and resources, an online Innovation Wall is hosted for anyone to register their ideas, simply sharing the aim of getting the best ideas which help people with dementia.