Access to and usability of places and activities in public space, particularly outside the home: promoting engagement and participation

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The purpose of this research is to provide new knowledge of the conditions for participation in activities and places in public space and society outside the home for people with cognitive impairments, and to identify possible avenues to increase accessibility and provide relevant support.

As staying at home becomes the norm of all care policies, the possibility that these people have to access and be involved in activities outside home needs to be better understood, and improvements targeting different aspects (e.g. support to persons, improved accessibility in places) should be planned and systematically tested. Given that engagement in activities is increasingly recommended to prevent cognitive decline and also that community integration is emphasized to promote life satisfaction, better knowledge of how to facilitate an active lifestyle incorporating activities both within and beyond the boundaries of the home is vital.

This collaborative project builds on findings from our current research in the field of dementia in the Swedish context, now extended to other environments (French speaking Switzerland, USA, UK). So far, it involves occupational therapy, engineering, and geography in the four countries. Initially the focus was put on people with dementia, but now it is extended to also embrace other populations (people with acquired brain injury, ABI, Luleå).


 Louise Nygård


Anna Brorsson, Anders Kottorp, Monica Panzar, Annika Öhman, Stefan Lundberg (KTH), Malcolm Cutchin, Heather Fritz and Susan Lawrence (Wayne State University, USA), Nicolas Kuhne (Lausanne, Schweiz), Maria Larsson Lund (Luleå)


Isabel Margot Cattin, and two new: Sophie Gaber & Sarah Wallcook (INDUCT) to be registered late fall 2016


FORTE, Strategiska Forskningsområdet Vård (SFO-V), Nationella Forskarskolan i Vård (NFV), Stockholm County Council (ALF), University of Applied sciences in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Also, see the following projects on CACTUS’ webpage: INDUCT