The current World Alzheimer Report from the World Health Organisation (WHO) paints a dramatic picture: the number of people with dementia worldwide is set to almost double by 2030 with an increase from 35.6 million to 65.7 million. According to reports by the WHO and Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI), this number is likely to rise to more than 115 million by 2050. Moreover, data analysis from countries with low- to middle-income economies demonstrates that dementia is a global problem. Current demographic trends also suggest that the number of people living with dementia in Germany will increase significantly in the coming decades. Recent estimates predict around 100 new cases per day.
Research focus: supportive healthcare architecture for people with dementia and cognitive limitations
Researchprojects in progress
Mitarbeit bei PETRA “Modellprojekt Region Niedersachsen: innovatives Personalisiertes dEmenzspezifisches PatienTenzimmer mit digitaleR Assistenz” (“Pilotproject Federal State of Niedersachsen: innovative personalised dementiasensitive hospital patient’s room with digital assistance”) gefördert vom Niedersächsischen Ministerium für Soziales, Gesundheit und Gleichstellung, 2019 - 2020
“The influence of light therapy on motivation and affect in patients with depression, schizophrenic patients or borderline personality disorder“, in collaboration with Prof. Bäuml, 2015 - 2019 (Hospital on the Isar Bank, Technical University of Munich)
Completed pilot projects
"Demenzsensible Gestaltung des räumlichen Umfelds in der Pflege” (“Dementia-friendly design changes in care facility living environments"), TU Munich, Dementia initiative in and around Bamberg, iso Institute Saarbrücken, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care, 2017 - 2019.
"Leitfaden für alters- und demenzsensible Architektur im Akutkrankenhaus" (“Guidelines for hospital architecture sensitive to the needs of the elderly and people with dementia”), in collaboration with the Ingenium Foundation in Ingolstadt and with the support of the Bavarian Ministry for Healthcare and the Robert Bosch Foundation, November 2017 - 2018 [Link]
“Single or shared rooms in acute care hospitals – patient surveys” 2013-2015
"Coloured disposable gloves for people with dementia“, 2014-2015
"Plumbing units for people with cognitive risks and dementia“, 2014-2015
"Washbasin fittings for the elderly", 2015
“Dementia as a secondary diagnosis for geriatric inpatients: the potential use of innovative lighting, communication technology and planning techniques to develop an architecture for the elderly”, Technical University of Munich (2010-2015)
Module 1 “Lighting technology appropriate in healthcare facilities for the elderly and people with dementia”, Phase I and II funded by the Bavarian Research Foundation, Phase III and IV funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care [Read More]
Module 2 “Equipping healthcare facilities for the elderly and people with dementia”, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care [Read More]
Module 3 “Acoustics in healthcare facilities for the elderly and people with dementia“, funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Health and Care (2015) [Read More]