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House of Memories: A Tangible and Multisensory Museum Installation Focused on Daily Life with Dementia

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One of the major global challenges of the twenty-first century is the aging population. This is reflected by the growing group of people living with dementia. Even though awareness of dementia is growing, the gap between awareness and understanding still causes stigmatization. This stigma pervades discourse regarding dementia and threatens wellbeing. In this project, an interactive museum installation is built to create awareness and educate people about daily life with dementia. This study investigates how an interactive museum installation contributes to awareness of dementia of the public. During this study, Personal Meaning Maps, field notes, and semi-structured interviews are used to gather data which is analyzed through a thematic analysis. Overall, the exhibition was found to be recognizable from different perspectives, and it was an appropriate form to convey daily life with dementia in a meaningful manner. Each separate aspect of the exhibition contributed differently and evoked emotional responses in participants. The results indicate that the visitor’s awareness is increased.

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I want to thank the Nederlands Openluchtmuseum and healthcare organization Pleyade for the opportunity to pursue this project. In addition, I want to thank GoWonder and Peder Geurts for the development of the exhibition.

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Beijer, S., Brankaert, R. (2023). House of Memories: A Tangible and Multisensory Museum Installation Focused on Daily Life with Dementia. In: Houben, M., Brankaert, R., Hendriks, N., Wilkinson, A., Morrissey, K. (eds) Dementia Lab 2022: The Residue of Design. D-Lab 2022. Design For Inclusion, vol 3. Springer, Cham.

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