Defense Date

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Design

First Advisor

Brooke Chornyak

Second Advisor

Gale Davis

Third Advisor

John DeMao

Abstract

The multi-cultural demographics of those who are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease should be closely examined. From a designer’s standpoint, its cultural traits can foster positive behaviors that lead to better quality of life for patients and caregivers. A patient-centered approach in design was explored in order to shape community-based care that empowers (1) individuality in care services, (2) interpersonal connection in caregiver–patient activities, and (3) a communal culture of being valued via humanitarian approaches.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

5-24-2013

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