Link: fostering dementia friendly communities through service design
Globally, dementia is expected to increasingly affect our society in the coming years, leading to a greater demand to deliver high quality health and care services . A costly condition, society must be prepared to address these needs in order to remain socially sustainable .
This project explores the question of how can design help communities create social support and engagement for people with dementia?
With dementia being Australia’s second leading cause of death, creating dementia friendly communities is essential to maintain the quality of life of people living with dementia, their families and carers. The condition often leaves people socially isolated, affecting relationships and their everyday life before diagnosis.
Link is an innovative service-system that improves, complements, and associates with existing services allowing for more opportunities and greater connection between people with dementia and their local community. The service includes flexible and diverse opportunities for people to volunteer, be part of activities, and access support to connect.
A dementia friendly community allows a person with dementia to live well – with meaning, value, and purpose. It is inclusive and supports people with dementia to live as independently as possible while being engaged and connected to their local community. 
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 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2012). Dementia in Australia. Cat. no. AGE 70. Canberra: AIHW. Retrieved from http://www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=10737422943
 Alzheimer’s Australia,. (2015). Dementia-Friendly Communities (1st ed.). Retrieved from https://www.fightdementia.org.au/files/NATIONAL/documents/Dementia-Friendly-Communities-white-paper.pdf