The research project INCLUDE, funded by Deutsche Demenzhilfe – DZNE Stiftung für Forschung und Innovation, focuses on the perspective of people with dementia: together with DZNE Witten, people with dementia are engaged in co-research on how they orient themselves in cities, and on which spatial factors strengthen their self-confidence in finding their way independently. Based on the collected findings, the group is developing a tool that can be used when planning urban environments for people with dementia.

The participatory action research group reflects on the different phases of the research project together, and discusses how meaningful the content, methods and the findings of the joint research are for people living with dementia. In presentations and articles, the participatory action group jointly publishes the findings, and derive ideas for future co-research projects.

Overall, INCLUDE contributes to:

  • understanding and drawing attention to the perspective of people living with dementia regarding wayfinding and spatial orientation in urban environments
  • developing methodological insights about participatory co-research with people living with dementia
  • and to developing next steps for research and practice, also in regard to the National Dementia Strategy, and research on dementia-sensitive environments.

The research project, led by Dr. Saskia Kuliga, and funded within the Innovative Minds program, is supported by the foundation Deutsche Demenzhilfe - DZNE-Stiftung für Forschung und Innovation im Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft e.V.. The project will be conducted at the DZNE in Witten. The project partners Dr. Jim Mann (Canada, researcher at University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, on co-research with people living with dementia), Dr. PJ White (South East Technological University, Carlow), Dr. Lilian Hung (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) and Dr. Valerie Rehle (Germany, Architectural Design and Dementia researcher, Stuttgart University of Applied Sciences), support INCLUDE via interdisciplinary discussions.


If you are interested in, or have questions about this project, please feel free to contact us; by email: saskia.kuliga(at)  or by phone: +49 2302 926 245.

Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e. V. (DZNE), Witten
Projekt „INCLUDE“

Dr. Saskia Kuliga
Stockumer Str. 12
+49 2302 926-245

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