Anyone designing spaces for people living with dementia will find the online materials and app available through the Dementia Enabling Environment Project (DEEP) Virtual Information Centre useful.
Confirmation: clutter is undesirable
Cervinka and colleagues studied the relative restorativeness of several spaces, and their findings have been published in Urban Forestry and Urban Greening. A related press release states that the team found that when participants in their survey-based study “rated the restorative value of their private lounges, terraces, balconies and gardens. . . . that gardens are experienced as being significantly more restorative than balconies or terraces [or lounges]. . .
Two important resources to review
Differentiating, as desired
Research by Finan, Quartana, and Smith confirms how important it is to design in safeguards that prevent sleep from being disrupted (for example, adequate acoustic shielding around areas in homes, hospitals and dormitories, etc., where people can be expected to sleep). The team found that “partial sleep loss from sleep continuity disruption [being awoken after falling asleep] is more detrimental to positive mood than partial sleep loss from delaying bedtime [falling asleep later].”
Evaluating working away from the corporate campus
Researchers report that smelling the scent of lavender promotes sleep.
Research among “traditional peoples whose lifestyles closely resemble those of our evolutionary a
An important new design guide