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Innovate Dementia Living Lab approach goes global!

Placed by Audrey Meulendijks for Innovate Dementia at 2013-05-27

On 16-19 June 2013 will the XXIV ISPIM Conference "Innovating in Global Markets: Challenges for Sustainable Growth" be held in Helsinki, Finland. Organised by ISPIM and hosted by Aalto University School of Business in partnership with Lappeenranta University of Technology, this conference will bring together around 500 innovation experts from 50 countries. Among these innovation experts are also our Dutch partners from the TU/e. That our Living Lab approach is not only interesting within our own partnership, but also for a larger international community shows the fact that their paper has been accepted and will be presented during the conference. 


In their paper a LivingLab approach to design for and with people suffering from dementia and their caregivers is discussed. On top of the impaired user, a complex stakeholder network surrounds dementia care, showing two difficulties in innovation for dementia. Therefore innovation within the dementia healthcare chain requires an involvement of various stakeholders; the target group (people living with dementia), the dementia care providers and the potential business partners to achieve an accepted and viable proposition. In this paper an iterative process to do this is proposed and a case study of an activity reminder calendar called the PhysiCAL explains the process and is used to assess the application.  The results show that splitting up the complex network in separate parts, and involve these parts in the LivingLab approach is valuable for evaluating a proposition.



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