Dementia is a huge issue for the UK and the world, but it’s also a real opportunity for social innovation. Living well with dementia demonstrates design’s potential to change real lives for the better.

One in three of us who lives to age 65 will experience some form of dementia before we die. A million people in the UK are expected to be living with the condition by 2021.

Acknowledging the scale of the issue, the Design Council and Department of Health have run Living well with dementia, a 12-month national design challenge to create practical product and service solutions and launch them as real initiatives. The following five winning ideas have been selected, funded and supported through early development.

Design Council Challenges

Design Council Challenges are national competitions focused on solving real problems, meeting real needs and promoting a role for design beyond what many people commonly imagine.

We’re always on the look-out for the next big challenge. If you have an idea for one, let us know. To find out more go to designcouncil.org.uk/challenges or get in touch on 0207 420 5260

Identity, design and video direction: Why Not Associates
Line illustration: Mike Nicholson
Photography: Julian Germain