The Centre for Collaborative Innovation in Dementia
Aims • Actively collaborate with people living with dementia in finding innovative solutions to their everyday challenges • Work locally, nationally, and transnationally to promote awareness of the positive impact that innovative solutions can bring to the lives of people living with dementia • Provide facilities that enable the development and demonstration of innovative solutions • Evaluate the effectiveness of innovative solutions within a pragmatic research environment
Dementia “Dementia, by its nature, does not lend itself to a clear and sequential pathway; people are affected in very different ways (NCCMH 2007). The term dementia defines a group of syndromes characterised by a progressive decline in memory, evident in learning new information and previously learned information and a decline in other cognitive abilities, such as judgement, thinking, planning, organizing and information processing (WHO 1993).”
Financial Cost Approximately there are 700,000 people aged over 65 years diagnosed with dementia in the UK, though some studies argue that this is an underestimation of the true figure. Dementia costs the UK economy £26 billion each year and over the next 30 years this cost is expected to significantly increase.As people live longer it is predicted that the incidence of people living with dementia will increase.
An Innovative Response “Along with the growing recognition of the increasing number of people living with dementia and the socio-economic impact this will have upon societies in the imminent future, innovate approaches to care delivery are now essential to embrace the changes needed to health and social care planning and delivery. Living with dementia can be overwhelming and can significantly impact upon the quality of life of the individual, their families and carers.” (Innovate Dementia Baseline Report, 2013: 5)
Wellbeing Strategies The management of dementia has tended to be symptom control focused over the last few years there has been a shift using preventative strategies and also concentrating on improving the quality of life for those people living with dementia
User-focused On this basis there has been an increasing drive to develop innovative and cost effective dementia care strategies, but innovative technologies will only work effectively if they meet the real needs of people living with dementia. Bearing this mind the centre works in partnership with people living with dementia and other interested partners to provide an open innovation environment that is underpinned by a user-driven approach or ‘living lab’.
Living Lab Approach “A pragmatic research environment which openly engages all relevant partners with an emphasis on improving the real-life care of people living with dementia through the use of sustainable innovation.”
Benefits The value of this approach is it that it places people living with dementia at the middle of the research-to-innovation process.
Proven Application This specific use of the ‘living lab’ approach arose from the on-going work of the Innovate Dementia Project which is successfully utilising this approach. The centre aims to build on this work by creating an environment that generates economic activity through sustained collaboration between people living with dementia, academia, the public sector, and business.
Collaborations • Normalising the rest-wake cycle • Enabling memory • Supporting psychological and behavioural wellbeing • Promoting health & wellbeing • Structured and meaningful activity • Health education • Healthy nutrition
Bentley Road Nursing Home Collaborating Partners Gemeente Eindhoven Redholme Nursing Home DALLAS My Life Software Merseycare NHS Trust Technische Universiteit Eindhoven Philips Alexian Research Center Krefeld People Living with Dementia Alzheimer's Society Everton in the Community Dementia UK PSS Computer and Mathematical Sciences - LJMU House of Memories Liverpool City Council Brainport Development Open Labs DeNDRoN 4D Creative Geestelijke Gezondheidszorg Eindhoven