Bowes A, Davison L, Dawson A, Pemble C, Quirke M & Swift S (2023) Housing Design Evaluation Research for People Living with Cognitive Change: A Systematic Literature Review. Journal of Aging and Environment. https://doi.org/10.1080/26892618.2023.2223589
Research suggests that improvements to home design may enable us to live better with cognitive change as we age. However, few innovations have been fully evaluated. The paper systematically reviews 47 items of evaluative literature. Research design and quality are varied. Qualitative analysis of literature demonstrates the need for a holistic approach that includes older people’s diverse perspectives, examples of promising practice that responds to individual needs, and gaps in research on scalability and economic viability of innovations. The context of design improvements is found to be critical.
Ageing; cognitive aging; dementia; housing design; later life; review
Journal of Aging and Environment