Dementia Friendly Environments

19/05/2022 1:00 pm to 19/05/2022 2:30 pm

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How do we design places that support people living with dementia?

This webinar brought together practitioners from the built environment, medical and therapeutic disciplines, and academia to share and celebrate best practices and build a collaborative approach to planning and design.


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HLP are promoting action research into design for dementia, working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University and the BRE. Other partners include the Dementia Action Alliance and Merseycare NHS.

Project outputs include:-

Dementia Friendly Communities and the Importance of Collaborative Working

Lesley Tart, Nurse and Community Link Worker for people living with dementia (Stockton on Tees Borough Council)

Lesley will speak on how Dementia friendly Stockton on Tees is developing.  She will speak about the importance of collaboration in building a good infrastructure for the community and having the buy in of senior people within the organisations including her own employer.  Lesley will describe some of the outcomes of the project and the positive impact they are having on the 2,200 people in Stockton-on Tees diagnosed with dementia as well as how it is encouraging people to start that conversation and take the first step to receiving a diagnosis.

Lesley Tart has been a health care professional for 47 years working within the NHS and the independent sector.  For the last 20 years, she has specialised in Person centred care and people living with dementia.  For the past 3 years, she has been employed as a community Link worker for Stockton Borough Council and since October last year accepted  full-time employment as the Dementia Friendly communities lead for Stockton and Lead worker for the dementia friendly plus project.   This project supports the businesses to work towards becoming a dementia friendly business and she delivers dementia awareness sessions to the staff.  Lesley also supports the loved ones of people living with dementia.  Lesley encourages and supports community venues/businesses in providing services for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Lesley is based at the Livewell Dementia Hub in Thornaby, Stockton – on- Tees.

How healthy places mitigate air pollution’s impact on dementia and its progression

Prof. Brian Castellani, Professor of Sociology / Director, Durham Research Methods Centre / Co-Director, Wolfson Research Institute for Health & Wellbeing (Durham University, UK)

Recent research suggests that air pollution is not only associated with the onset of dementia but can also accelerate its progression. If this is the case, improving the built environment of communities can help to prevent this disease and improve the quality of life of those living with dementia. This quick talk will survey the current research, focusing on the immediate and long-term strategies communities can implement to address this public health issue.

Brian is Director of the Research Methods Centre and Co-Director of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing at Durham University, UK. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry (Northeastern Ohio Medical University, USA), Editor of the Routledge Complexity in Social Science series, CO-I for the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus, and a Fellow of the UK National Academy of Social Sciences. Brian also runs InSPIRE, a UK policy and research consortium for mitigating the impact places have on air quality, dementia and brain health across the life course. Brian is trained as a public health sociologist, clinical psychologist, and methodologist and takes a transdisciplinary approach to his work. His methodological focus is primarily on computational modelling and mixed-methods. He and his colleagues have spent the past ten years developing a new case-based, data mining approach to modelling complex social systems and social complexity, called  COMPLEX-IT, which they have used to help researchers, policy evaluators, and public sector organisations address a variety of complex public health issues.

Design for Dementia

Bill Halsall, Senior Partner, Architect and Landscape Architect (Halsall Lloyd Partnership) / Honorary Visiting Industrial Fellow (Liverpool John Moore University)

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 70%-80% of people living with dementia live in their own homes. They live in the same neighbourhoods and use the same facilities as everyone else.

One in fourteen people in the UK live with dementia. Consideration of their needs should inform the design of the built environment now and into the future. Designing for dementia can help people to sustain their capacity for longer and maintain their quality of life as members of the community. This requires an informed holistic and integrated approach to the design of both the public realm and the interior domain.

Bill’s presentation will outline his own experience in trying to tackle these issues as an active practitioner, his collaborative work with academic institutions and his engagement with the dementia community.

Bill is a working architect and landscape architect, senior partner of the Halsall Lloyd Partnership and is an Honorary Visiting Industrial Fellow at Liverpool John Moores University.

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The Healthy Happy Places programme is funded by the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria (AHSN NENC) and is being delivered as a partnership initiative on behalf of the Integrated Care System for the North East and North Cumbria (ICS NENC) to develop a multi-sector approach for supporting and creating mental health and wellbeing through the built environment. Sign up to receive information about the programme.


This event is part of a series of webinars being delivered by the Healthy Happy Places programme.  The webinars will be exploring a range of topics which will showcase perspectives from mental health, architecture, and urban planning to explore why the built and designed environment matters when thinking about mental health and wellbeing. The design of buildings and the shaping of public spaces in the places we live, work and play contribute to our lived experiences, how we feel, and have the power to promote or stifle wellbeing and recovery. We are building a community of practice that is working at the nexus of placemaking, health, wellbeing and addressing inequalities.