The DSDC is an international centre of knowledge and expertise which sits within the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling. The centre is dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia. Drawing on research and practice from across the world, the DSDC provides comprehensive, up-to-date resources on all aspects of dementia.
Age-related changes and impairments can often make it more difficult to understand and navigate the built environment. The DSDC uses evidence based dementia design principles as the foundations of a dementia friendly environment. The dementia design principles are seen as one of a set of non-pharmacological interventions for people with dementia, and have been employed globally to create modern environments which support people with dementia to live as independently as possible. In 2017 the Setagaya project in Japan was completed, built using the dementia design principles while ensuring the cultural differences in living and care provision between the UK and Japan were supported. The result is a well-considered, contemporary design which responds to the local modern vernacular and to the DSDC dementia design principles.