Designing for Ageing and Dementia in Japan and UK

Please note: this event is now sold out
18 Feb 2020, 5.00PM–7.00PM
Court Room, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling, FK9 4LA
Designing for Ageing and Dementia in Japan and UK

Well designed living accommodation can help people living with dementia to enjoy a better quality of life, stay in their own homes for longer and, if that is not possible, live in care facilities that support them. There is growing research evidence of what works well, especially in a Western context. But homes and care facilities in the West are different from homes and care facilities in Japan.

People have different ideas about what a ‘homely’ environment is, and different ideas and expectations about using spaces. Drawing on recent work developing a Japan-UK network of researchers, care providers and policy and practice influencers, the lecture will explore the lessons that Japan and UK can offer each other to improve support for people living with dementia through a focus on design.

Event Schedule

17.00 Drinks Reception

18.00 Introducion - Dr Taeko Seki

18.10 Lecture - Lesley Palmer and Professor Alison Bowes

18.50 Q & A

18.55 Vote of Thanks - Dr Taeko Seki


Dr Taeko Seki is a Global Scot and Founder of the Japan-Scotland Association. She is an Honorary Graduate of the University of Stirling, and has been a tireless supporter of the University for many years.


Lesley Palmer is an architect who specialises in the design of environments that support people to live better with dementia. She leads the design team at the Dementia Services Development Centre in the University, which has a global reputation for its work in this area.

Professor Alison Bowes is a social scientist with a special interest in ageing and dementia. She has published widely in this area and leads the Japan-UK network on designing environments for ageing and dementia.

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