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It is acknowledged that one of the consequences of an ageing population is an increase in diseases affecting cognitive decline such as dementia. There is now a greater emphasis on the potential role of the design of the physical environment providing a therapeutic realm and holistic approach towards care. Dementia affects cognitive function as well as visuo-spatial perception, causing difficulty with wayfinding which is a persistent problem even in the early stages of the disease. It is widely acknowledged that the physical environment can alleviate symptoms of dementia and improve quality of life. This research examines how wayfinding could be improved through design and focuses on dementia-specific 
 
Verity Dementia Star
 
Figure 1: “Dementia star” mirrored drawing poses perception and orientation problems.