National challenge launched16th August 2011
The Department of Health and the Design Council have launched a challenge which will provide fundings for projects to enhance the lives of dementia sufferers.
The challenge, Living well with dementia, will give five teams the opportunity to share £360,000 in funding.
It will also offer assistance to each project over the next five months to help the teams in business and design realisation.
The challenge wants to see applicants from a range of backgrounds, including individual talent, designers and businesses.
The Design Council has set up the Design Challenges Social Network to provide more information for applicants.
Applications will be judged by a team made up of experts in dementia care, social care, design and business.
The head of the judging panel is Baroness Sally Greengross, chief executive of International Longevity Centre.
Care services minister Paul Burstow said: "Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face as the population ages. It currently affects 750,000 people in the UK and that number is set to double over the next thirty years."
"To make sure we continue to improve health outcomes and manage the growing costs associated with this, we need to think smart and do things differently... I hope we will stimulate some creative thinking about how best to help people with dementia get the most out of their lives, rather than just focusing on symptoms."
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Title: National challenge launched
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19458
Date Added: 16th Aug 2011