Dementia expert Professor Richard Fleming has been appointed to produce Alzheimer’s Disease International’s  annual report on the disease.

Alzheimer’s Disease International is the worldwide federation of Alzheimer associations supporting people with dementia and their families.

Professor Richard Fleming is an environmental design expert and psychologist who has been involved in the development of services for people with dementia for almost 40 years.

Professor Richard Fleming

He was executive director of the national government-funded dementia education body Dementia Training Australia for three years from its inception until mid last year (read more here).

In his new role, Professor Fleming will lead a team of international experts to write ADI’s World Alzheimer’s Report 2020.

This year’s report  focuses on dementia-related design and the built environment.

It will look at progress to date, best practice and innovation in different settings including home, day and residential care, hospitals and public buildings and spaces.

Professor Fleming said he was one of many experts asked to  apply to write the report.

“I was fortunate enough to win the commission,” Professor Fleming told Australian Ageing Agenda.

 “I have spent a large part of my professional life championing the role of environmental design in the care of people with dementia so it is very satisfying to see it recognised as a topic worthy of a world report,”  Professor Fleming said.

“I hope the report will be both inspirational and informative, encouraging individual aged care providers and national governments to incorporate best practice environmental design into their plans for services,” he  said.

The World Alzheimer’s Report 2020 will be complete in September.

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