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The relevance of memory for real-world navigation and the effect of Alzheimer’s disease on outdoor activities

Thursday 16 December 2021 (6 pm)

View of route walkable by people with Alzheimer's on their own and with help


About the event

In this insightful talk, Professor Michael Hornberger explains current research on spatial orientation and navigation deficits in people with Alzheimer’s disease, and how wayfinding problems impact people’s outdoor activities, such as driving and walking safely. He discusses ways of improving diagnosis, disease progression tracking, and symptom management in this form of dementia, based on his research group’s fascinating studies.

As wayfinding designers, we must consider ways to help people with dementia find their way, stay mobile, and remain independent. Michael’s talk explains why the disease affects wayfinding ability and considers possible navigation solutions.

About our speaker

Michael Hornberger is Professor of Applied Dementia Research, Norwich Medical School, and Associate Dean of Innovation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. His current research focus is on spatial orientation and navigation deficits in dementia and how this has an impact on people’s outdoor activities such as driving and walking safely. Originally from Germany, Michael moved to the UK to do his PhD at UCL before working at Cambridge University. After six years in Australia, he returned to Cambridge before heading to UEA in 2015.

Register for the event

This talk is free for SDS members. For non-members, the ticket cost is £10 per person. To join our Zoom talk, please get in touch with our administrator Kate at for the event link, ID, and password.

Not a member, unable to join us for the live-streamed event but would like to watch it at a time convenient to you? We now offer the option to watch the event recording on a time-limited basis for the cost of a £10 ticket. Please email Kate for more information.

[Note: this event will be recorded and available to paid-up SDS members via our Talks Archive within a week of taking place.]



Via Zoom


16 Dec 2021 18:00

Price : £10.00

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