Lieke Lenaerts: Development of a handover approach in design for dementia

Doctoral Project

Lieke Lenaerts, PhD in the Arts

The number of people living with dementia is rapidly growing and currently there is no treatment available. The development of products is of importance for the improvement of the lives of people living with dementia. To develop these products, designers can on the one hand involve people living with dementia in the design process. This participatory design approach provides rich insights, however in practice it’s often challenging for the two parties to meet for various reasons. On the other hand there’s the use of marketing data, quantitative reports and stereotype interpretations about people living with dementia, to communicate to designers, but giving them little empathic understanding for the lives of people living with dementia. The aim of the research is to develop an option in-between: an accessible handover approach for designers, who are unable to meet with people living with dementia in the design process, to grasp their richness and diversity and reach a certain level of empathy, to acquire insights into their product needs and increase the share on the market of products for people living with dementia.

  • Supervisor: Dr. Niels Hendriks (KU Leuven / LUCA)
  • Co-supervisor: Dr. Bart Geerts (KU Leuven / LUCA)
  • Co-supervisor: Dr. Andrea Wilkinson (KU Leuven / LUCA)

Research unit Inter-Actions

Duration: 2020 - 2024

Lieke Lenaerts PhD in the Arts