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AGE-WELL Public Webinar Series: Designing to Include Dementia and Personhood

January 25, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST


Designing to reflect personhood means designing for people—people with values, beliefs, and a sense of self – who want to have fun, form relationships, and live life to its fullest. People living with dementia are full of great ideas from their lived experience and designing with them to be inclusive of their needs means products will be more intuitive and more accessible to a wide range of people in general. In this webinar, our speakers will present their co-created “Designing to Include Dementia and Personhood” guide and chat about what it means to design for dementia and personhood, and how to do it.

Webinar participants will:


  • Gain an understanding of what designing for dementia and personhood entails and why it is important
  • Learn key mindsets that will foster collaborative design with people living with dementia
  • Explore recommendations that support designing for dementia and personhood


WHEN: January 25, 2023 at 12:00pm – 1:00pm ET



Jennifer Boger, PhD, University of Waterloo | Dr. Boger’s research focuses on intelligent technologies for enhancing the safety, health, wellbeing, and independence of older adults and people with disabilities. Dr. Boger employs transdisciplinary collaboration throughout her research to advance theory and create operational technologies that reflect the needs, abilities, and contexts of the people using them. A central theme to her research is the development of ambient zero-effort technologies – technologies that blend into people’s environments and operate with little or no perceived effort. Dr. Boger is also the Schlegel Chair in Technology for Independent Living at the Research Institute for Aging.

Ron Beleno, Co-Chair of AGE-WELL Older Adult and Caregiver Advisory Committee | Ron Beleno is an active advocate for dementia, caregiving, aging, and research communities. Being a caregiver to his father who lived with Alzheimer’s for 10+ years to age in place at home until January 2018, Beleno utilized technology, community, and access to research to support his family’s life to live well and as best as possible.

Jay Reinstein, Board member, Alzheimer’s Association, Voices of Alzheimer’s, and Alliance for Aging Research | Jay Reinstein lives with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and is an outspoken advocate for those diagnosed with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s. Reinstein spent 25 years in local government, most recently serving as the Assistant City Manager in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Reinstein was appointed to the Alzheimer’s Association’s National Board of Directors in Chicago and served until October 2021. He was also selected to serve as a member of the Alzheimer’s Association 2019-2020 National Early-Stage Advisory Group.

Luna Kawano, Designer & Knowledge Integrator, University of Waterloo | Luna Kawano is a recent graduate from the Knowledge Integration Program at the University of Waterloo who is passionate about interdisciplinary and collaborative problem-solving to create positive change in the world. With skills spanning the business, tech, and design industries, Kawano hopes she can contribute to making information and knowledge more accessible to all people.

Jennifer Krul, Director of User Experience, Emmetros | Jennifer Krul is a strategic design thinker with a passion for understanding user needs and seeing those needs reflected in clear, accessible, and elegant information products. For more than 20 years, Krul has worked in various content strategy and user experience roles, honing her user advocacy skills. She’s now the Director of User Experience at Emmetros, where she designs patient education and engagement software. Krul holds degrees in professional writing, education, and information science.


January 25, 2023
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST