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Living Well With Dementia: A Design Council challenge

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A national challenge has been launched by the Design Council, in partnership with the Department of Health, to develop new design-led ideas for products and services that make life simpler and more enjoyable for those with dementia, and for their carers.

Take part in this challenge and win a share of £360,000 plus professional support to make your idea happen.

In this video from the Design Council hear from Graham Browne, Ambassador for Alzheimer’s Society, Alistair Burns, National Clinical Director for Dementia at the Department of Health, Designer Wayne Hemmingway, and Mat Hunter, Chief Design Officer at the Design Council.

Commenting on the project, Care Services Minister, Paul Burstow said: “Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as the population ages. It currently affects 750,000 people in the UK and that number is set to double over the next thirty years.

“To make sure we continue to improve health outcomes and manage the growing costs associated with this, we need to think smart and do things differently. If diagnosed early and given the right support people with dementia can continue to live well for a number of years. By engaging with businesses and the third sector I hope we will stimulate some creative thinking about how best to help people with dementia get the most out of their lives, rather than just focusing on symptoms.”

Get Involved

Applications for the challenge are now open. Sign up to to find out more about the challenge and download the call for entries document that will tell you everything you need to know to apply.

Find out more on the Design Council website.