Alzheimer’s Landscape 2030
Introduction (by Henri Snel)
The future prospects for Alzheimer’s disease looks bleak. In Western European countries, there is much research into the origin to the disease, but there is very little progress. At the same time the number of cases dramatically increase. The cause of aging is therewith. There is proportionally much less research on the present and future living conditions than the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, the current health and socio-economically are under strong pressure. What will be the life of an Alzheimer’s patient admitted to a nursing home about 20 years from now? With this research we would like to contribute to the discussion of the disease in general and generate a possible solution for improving the living situation and residence of Alzheimer patients in the future.
The aim of the design assignment for the health care sector is to provide insights into accommodation facilities for this specific health care sector: an Alzheimer institutions, taking into account the various types of provisions, requirements, issues and legislation relating to health care, as well as the various building typologies and associated requirements, so that these insights can be translated into a design.
The themes covered relate to changing demographics, where the increasing numbers of elderly people also means an increase in the number of dementia. The growing multicultural society also makes other demands on the design of health care institutions. The design concept is also influenced by changing perspectives on the way Alzheimer patients in need of care are dealt with, which frequently involves long-term hospitalisation and residential until the final phase of their lives.
Prevailing attitudes frequently generate demand for other types of treatment, which has an immediate impact on the design of the interior and exterior of health care institutes. How do you translate the sometimes conflicting interests of the care provider and the patient into a sustainable and wholesome design?