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Dementia and Town Planning

Creating better environments for people living with dementia


Dementia coverWe are updating for 2019

Our practice advice on Dementia and Town Planning was published in 2017. The advice has been well received, widely referenced and hopefully been used to inform new policy and development.

We are now updating the advice. We want to hear from our members about examples of where they have integrated dementia friendly policies and design successfully into their work.

Please email with details and she will get back to you.


There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK. This is set to increase to 1 million by 2021 and to 2 million by 2051 (Source: Alzheimer's Society). Evidence has shown that good quality housing and well-planned, enabling local environments can have a substantial impact on the quality of life of someone living with dementia, helping them to live well for longer and of course, town planning has a key role to play if health and social care policies are to succeed. If you get an area right for people with dementia, you get it right for older people, for young disabled people, for families with small children, and ultimately for everyone.

This practice note gives advice on how good planning can create better environments for people living with dementia. It summarises expert advice, outlines key planning and health policy and highlights good practice case studies. The policy context applies to England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the principles of good practice are applicable wherever you work.

Download the full report here. A 4 page summary here.


Jeremy Hughes, Chief Executive of Alzheimer's Society, said:

"I encourage all concerned to take the RTPI's useful advice on board and support those with dementia to live the lives they want to."

Complete our online training module on dementia here. Learn more about inclusive planning and health at the RTPI here.

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The RTPI supports the adoption of all 17 Sustainable Development Goals and this practice advice specifically supports the following:

Goal 3  Goal 10  Goal 11  UN SDG logo