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Am J Alzheimers Dis Other Demen. 2010 May;25(3):202-32. doi: 10.1177/1533317509358885. Epub 2010 Feb 11.

Environmental interventions and the design of homes for older adults with dementia: an overview.

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Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Health Care, Research Centre for Innovation in Health Care, Research Group Demand Driven Care, Utrecht, Netherlands.


In Western societies, the vast majority of people with dementia live at home and wish to remain doing so for as long as possible. Aging in place can be facilitated through a variety of environmental interventions, including home modifications. This article provides an overview of existing design principles and design goals, and environmental interventions implemented at home, based on literature study and additional focus group sessions. There is a multitude of design principles, design goals, and environmental interventions available to assist with activities of daily living and functions, although few systematic studies have been conducted on the efficacy of these goals and interventions. The own home seems to be a largely ignored territory in research and government policies, which implies that many problems concerning aging in place and environmental interventions for dementia are not adequately dealt with.

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