A team in the Oklahoma State University College of Human Sciences has received a Transform Grant from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Foundation focusing on innovation in dementia programs and services.
The proposal entitled “Convergence: Laying the Groundwork for Repurposing Distressed
Urban Mall Environments for Mixed-Use Dementia-Friendly City Centers” was chosen to
address the special challenge of creating sustainable communities that are focused
on the diverse needs of a growing population of individuals with dementia.
Emily Roberts, an assistant professor in design, housing and merchandising (DHM), is the primary investigator on the grant. Alex Bishop, associate professor in human development and family science, and DHM research assistant Tori Hilger are working with Roberts on the project.
“Our team hopes to lay the groundwork for a replicable community place-type enhancing opportunities for autonomy and quality of life for individuals living with dementia. By working across multiple community sectors, we will simultaneously address numerous issues, including community revitalization, building sustainability, and the nurturing of innovation furthering a culture of dementia care which is inclusive, progressive and convergent with the needs of an aging population,” Roberts said.
The grant work will begin with a community visioning workshop which will take place on November 9, 2018, in Oklahoma City, and is free and open to the public. Learn more and register: https://okla.st/workshop_convergence