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dc.contributor.authorO'Malley, Maryen_UK
dc.contributor.authorInnes, Antheaen_UK
dc.contributor.authorMuir, Sarahen_UK
dc.contributor.authorWiener, Jan Men_UK
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-06T16:13:50Z-
dc.date.available2018-09-06T16:13:50Z-
dc.date.issued2018-09-30en_UK
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/27721-
dc.description.abstractEnvironments need to be designed such that they support successful orientation for older adults and those with dementia who often experience marked difficulties in their orientation abilities. To better understand how environments can compensate for decreasing orientation skills, voice should be given directly to those experiencing dementia to describe how they find their way and to understand their design preferences. This study explored the navigational experiences and design preferences of older adults with memory difficulties living in a retirement development. In-depth semi-structured interviews with 13 older adults experiencing memory difficulties were conducted. All participants were residents of one retirement development in the United Kingdom. Questions began broadly, for example, to describe their experiences of navigating in their living environment, before discussing any specific navigation difficulties in detail. Thematic analysis identified three main themes: highlighting environmental design that causes disorientation, strategies to overcome disorientation, and residents’ suggestions to improve the design. The design suggestions were particularly informative, heavily focusing on the importance of having memorable and meaningful spaces which were favoured more than signage as an orientation aid. The findings demonstrate the need to consider environmental design to support orientation for those with memory difficulties. Of particular importance is the use of meaningful and relevant landmarks as orientation aids which can additionally stimulate conversation and increase wellbeing. Given the range of suggestions in dementia-friendly design guidelines aimed to support orientation, it is crucial to speak directly to those living in different environments to learn how they find their way around and what design works in their environment.en_UK
dc.language.isoenen_UK
dc.publisherCambridge University Press (CUP)en_UK
dc.relationO'Malley M, Innes A, Muir S & Wiener JM (2018) 'All the corridors are the same': a qualitative study of the orientation experiences and design preferences of UK older adults living in a communal retirement development. Ageing and Society, 38 (9), pp. 1791-1816. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0144686x17000277en_UK
dc.rightsThis article has been accepted for publication in Ageing and Society. This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution, re-sale or use in derivative works. © Cambridge University Press, 2017en_UK
dc.subjectorientationen_UK
dc.subjectdesignen_UK
dc.subjectdementia-friendlyen_UK
dc.subjectAlzheimer'sen_UK
dc.subjectretirement housingen_UK
dc.subjectageingen_UK
dc.subjectwayfindingen_UK
dc.title'All the corridors are the same': a qualitative study of the orientation experiences and design preferences of UK older adults living in a communal retirement developmenten_UK
dc.typeJournal Articleen_UK
dc.identifier.doi10.1017/s0144686x17000277en_UK
dc.citation.jtitleAgeing and Societyen_UK
dc.citation.issn1469-1779en_UK
dc.citation.issn0144-686Xen_UK
dc.citation.volume38en_UK
dc.citation.issue9en_UK
dc.citation.spage1791en_UK
dc.citation.epage1816en_UK
dc.citation.publicationstatusPublisheden_UK
dc.citation.peerreviewedRefereeden_UK
dc.type.statusAM - Accepted Manuscripten_UK
dc.citation.date28/03/2017en_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBournemouth Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationDementia and Ageingen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBournemouth Universityen_UK
dc.contributor.affiliationBournemouth Universityen_UK
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000441011200003en_UK
dc.identifier.scopusid2-s2.0-85016300075en_UK
dc.identifier.wtid991803en_UK
dc.contributor.orcid0000-0002-5591-4083en_UK
dc.date.accepted2017-02-07en_UK
dc.description.refREF Compliant by Deposit in other institution's Repository: Salford's repository on 08/03/2017: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/41500en_UK
dc.date.filedepositdate2018-09-06en_UK
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