Call for participation: Dementia Lab 2017 – stories from design and research

Posted by Niels on Tuesday May 16th 2017 at 11:15

Andrea and Niels are working together with the German Robert Bosch Stiftung on bringing their way of designing for and together with persons with dementia to German Design/Art faculties.
This event is part of this project and this is the second version of this event.

More info on this event can be found at

Dortmund, 6 & 7 September 2017

dementialab event

Stefanie sitting next to person with dementia

For designers, researchers and educators working with people with dementia there are moments of joy when a design is well-accepted, there is appreciation shown for what was designed by caregivers and family members or the method that was used goes well, etc. Despite these positive elements, there are a range of underlying questions that come before, during and after the design process. These questions vary from such practical challenges as recruiting persons with dementia and making connections with dementia groups or care facilities to finding funding before a project begins or failing to have a method work as expected. Designers may struggle to find a find a way of communicating with people with dementia when words fail or have a hard time coping with the stress of dealing with people who are in constant mental and physical decline. Finally, once a design is made, designers and researchers often encounter resistance to the first iterations of the things designed or have difficulty integrating the designs into the routines of daily life and care.


In this second edition of the Dementia Lab event, we wish to support the sharing of these successes and failures by inviting Logo for event on design and dementiacontributions from designers and researchers who are designing for and together with persons with dementia. Besides the participant’s contributions two keynote speakers will try to provoke, stir or respond to the submissions.

For submissions, location, venue etc check

(Dutch) Werelddag Dementie

Posted by Niels on Wednesday August 24th 2016 at 15:43

Op 24 september organiseert de Alzheimerliga de Vlaamse poot van de Werelddag Dementie. De Alzheimerliga richt zich voornamelijk op de informele zorgverleners (mantelzorg) en de persoon met dementie. Deze Werelddag Dementie combineert provocerende en inspirerende lezingen met interactieve workshops. Voor dit laatste zullen Andrea Wilkinson & Niels Hendriks een workshop aanbieden gebaseerd op hun werk voor het Dementielab.

De Werelddag Dementie vindt plaats in de gebouwen van UCLL in Genk.

Aankondiging werelddag dementie 2016

How is Life? Seminar on codesign and dementia (Copenhagen)

Posted by Niels on Monday May 18th 2015 at 08:51

As part of my research exchange in Copenhagen at the IT University and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts (KADK) (will blog more on that later) I am involved in the organisation of a seminar on codesign and dementia. Experiences from doing participatory design in elderly care in Portugal, Denmark and Belgium will be shared.

If you happen to be in the neighbourhood you’re totally welcome.

Social Design @ WIAD Belgium

Posted by Niels on Saturday February 15th 2014 at 13:43

On the 15th of February 2014 it was the 3rd World Information Architecture Day. The 2014 World IA Day will took place in 24 cities in 15 countries. The Belgian WIAD was in Antwerp. The program consisted of a combination of keynotes, a hackaton and case & technique-presentations.

Social Spaces gave a presentation on Social Design, focussing on participatory design, the search for a correct balance between aesthetic, functional & social design and the role of friction. The final slides of the presentation tell the story of the DementiaLab, a project focussing on creating and sharing low tech tools to make the life of the person with dementia and their environment more pleasant.

Article on the DementiaLab (Dementielab – in Dutch)

Posted by Niels on Wednesday October 9th 2013 at 14:53

Tuesday the 8th of October local newspaper Het Belang van limburg published an article on the three regional social innovation projects funded by the Flemish government.

Dementielab Het Belang van Limburg - dementia lab

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