Memory Is Key For Self Identity And Well Being

1429 Words Dec 1st, 2016 6 Pages
Memory is key for self-identity and well-being. Films, arts, literature and sciences have documented the importance of it. A man can be robbed of everything he owns, but his memories, are his, and his alone. No one can take that away from him. But for millions of people, a day comes when that’s no longer the case. As people grow older and their bodies start to decay, so do their brains. Their body’s single most important organ, starts failing. And that disease is called Alzheimer’s, and it transforms the way someone sees the world around them. This thesis will explore the adaptation of the built environment to the failure of the human mind. How can we design something in response to the mind of someone with Alzheimer’s? An investigation of how this disease affect the brain and how aging plays a role in the deficiency of the senses. This thesis will delve into insights about the design of physical environments, as well as reaching an understanding of current practices in Alzheimer’s care and facility design. And it will also provide a foundation for planning an Alzheimer’s patient’s residence. How to take care of them and how these methods can be complemented by their surrounding physical environment to help them adapt. It will also bring focus to the functional aspects of the project. And how family can play a key role in shaping a facility that is sensitive to every facet of an Alzheimer’s patient’s case.
1.1 Problem Statement
According to the Alzheimer Association and…
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