Showing the way

Showing the way: Developing an evaluation framework for appropriate “dementia friendly” signage to assist people living with dementia


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This project was undertaken in a partnership between The Dementia Centre and The University of Edinburgh.  


People living with dementia frequently experience levels of disability in excess of what might be expected from their disease. This excess disability is primarily imposed upon them through poor environments.

There is anecdotal evidence that appropriate “dementia friendly” signage increases the independence of people living with dementia and helps them to function with greater dignity and safety in their communities and residences.

However, the language used when discussing signage and wayfinding can be ambiguous and there is no agreed method of evaluating what good signage for people with dementia is, or where it is most appropriate to use signage. 


The overall study aim was to develop an evaluative framework to:

  1. Evaluate and test the efficacy of signage for people living with dementia, and
  2. Guide the development of new forms of signage for use in dementia and aged care settings, and the wider community.

If you would like to discuss the project in more detail, please contact The Dementia Centre on +61 2 8437 7355.

This project was funded through a Dementia Collaborative Research Centre grant.