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Home, Space and Place: A Review of Māori and Indigenous Literature Contributing to Dementia-friendly Housing Design

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In New Zealand, most dementia patients reside in community housing rather than in residential care.

Given the crucial role of housing in health and wellbeing, this literature review explores building solutions to enhance housing functionality for Māori and other indigenous people with dementia. While dementia affects brain functionality leading to changes in memory, behaviour, and personality, research focused on housing design tailored for dementia in Māori and indigenous communities is scarce. Although there’s a significant body of global research connecting age-friendly and dementia-friendly housing design, the intersection of these with the needs of indigenous elders remains limited. This review draws insights from various literatures, particularly focusing on Māori and indigenous housing design principles.

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