A first working draft of a new standard for dementia-inclusive communities

A first working draft of a new standard for dementia-inclusive communities

By Thomas Linner


As part of the TC’s regular meetings in June, a three days WG 2 meeting was held in which the members settled on the draft structure and critical contents of the new standard. As part of the meeting, expert opinions on specific topics addressed by the standard were presented. Site visits to organizations that take care of and produce solutions for older persons living with dementia were conducted.

A significant global and predictable increase of the proportion and number of older persons living with dementia requires guidance for organizations involved in the setting up and maintenance of communities or infrastructure such as cities, municipalities, research and development entities, real estate developers, public transport, health and care networks, etc. to increase the inclusiveness with regards to people living with dementia. The goal is to facilitate the efficient development of community systems that follow a personalized approach, put older persons and their caregivers in the centre of the solution, facilitate and increase the choices concerning possible care pathways, and finally relieve the pressure on health and care systems by empowering older persons and their caregivers.

The working group pursues the standard under development using a process approach. The standard will provide both guidance and a toolkit for the step by step development of an inclusive community system, including its conception, design and development, management, and continuous improvement.

The standard is being developed taking into account existing standards (e.g. ISO 26000 - Corporate Social Responsibility; EN 17161 CEN/CENELEC on Accessibility Management) and in close cooperation with a series of other Technical Committees and organizations (e.g. IEC SyC AAL; "Light and lighting"; ISO/IEC JTC 1 WG 11 on Smart Cities; ISO/TC 159 Ergonomics; ISO/TC 173 Assistive products; ISO/TC 304 Health Organization Management – just to name a few) to ensure synergies, cross-compatibility and maximize the potential impact.

The working group has successfully reported and communicated its meeting outcomes along with a work plan for the refinement of the draft standard to the TC as part of the TC level plenary meeting in June 2019.


Image: visit of the working group to a high-quality care home for older people living with dementia in Berlin as part of the WG meeting.