Emma Barrett Palmer and Hannah Parathian directed the planning, research and facilitation for a 5-day Dementia Living Lab for the Civil Service Finance Department in Northern Ireland in 2015. It concluded that organisations in Northern Ireland need to continue to work together on a dementia pathway which focusses on the precious person and normalises dementia in society.
The Living Lab ran for a total of 36 hours over 5 days across 2 locations - Belfast and Creggan. Health and Social Care Commissioners, GPs, Residential Care Staff, Voluntary Community Sector Leaders, Designers, people living with dementia and Carers from across Northern Ireland were amongst the contributors. A total of 80 participants, of which the highest representation was from people living with dementia, contributed to the findings and recommendations.