Department of Geography and Planning

Department of Geography and Planning
Department of Geography and Planning

Monday, January 20/20; 9:30 a.m.; MC E229: Departmental Research Seminar. Dr. Samantha Biglieri (SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow, York University) will present a research talk on Planning Dementia-Inclusive Suburban Neighbourhoods.

ABSTRACT: The inaccessibility in our cities for marginalized groups like disabled individuals, older adults, and people living with dementia (PLWD) exists because our cities have not been planned for their inclusion. They deserve the right to the city like any other citizen, but this raises the question – what does access, justice and citizenship for these groups look like? In this talk, I begin to answer this imperative by drawing on part of my research program: intensive case study work with PLWD living in suburban Waterloo, and exploring how planners can support PLWD in their suburban neighbourhoods through planning policy and process. Dementia is an umbrella term to describe a progressive set of symptoms impacting cognition. In Canada, an estimated two-thirds of the 402,000 PLWD live in community, as opposed to congregate living settings. PLWD are likely to experience a ‘shrinking world’ effect, making it essential to investigate supportive features in public space near their homes. Continuing to access the neighbourhood can enable positive outcomes like: maintaining daily activities, improved physical and mental health, independence, and a sense of dignity (Burton & Mitchell, 2006). This talk will highlight land use, urban design and wayfinding barriers and supports to mobility for PLWD in a suburban context, as well as provide recommendations on how to make the public planning open house tool more accessible to PLWD.
 

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