Amanda’s Designs

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up in Dementia Communities

This month, Netflix debuted “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” and I, like much of America, binge-watched the whole 8-episode season. How do you not? She’s a tiny dynamo full of optimism, paitence, and love for messes. I had read Marie’s book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing” several years …

Nobody wants to see residents lined up watching TV

Seriously—no one wants to walk into a dementia care unit where residents are seated around a television. And, unfortunately, we’ve all encountered this before. No one is actually watching the TV, and it’s clear that they were “put” there in order to pass the time. Let’s work on designing a community that’s centered around activities …