S. Opachan, M.J. Splaine
2017 Innovation in aging  
have completed a scoping review of Dementia Friendly symbols currently in use around the world and collected attitudes towards the concept of developing a global Dementia Friendly symbol. Survey responses were received from 21 representatives of 16 countries, 15 of which have at least one Dementia Friendly initiative in place. A wide range of symbols are already in use. The concept of "not forgetting" can be found in symbols using the forget-me-know flower, the elephant and a knot. Three main
more » ... lour groups are represented: orange (mostly in Asian nations), purple, (mostly in North America) and the blue/yellow combination (forget-me-not). No survey responders rejected the idea of a global Dementia Friendly symbol. Fewer people favoured a global symbol (29%) than a global theme or element (67%), i.e. a colour, logo or design that can be incorporated into existing symbols or adapted for different regions. A second consultation in April 2016 gave an opposite view, with 65% of responders favouring a global symbol and 28% favouring a global element or theme. A key reason for this difference could be a separation of views between nations that already have a well-established symbol and those that do not. Further results from WYLD's scoping review will be presented.
doi:10.1093/geroni/igx004.4100 fatcat:fbgeczyhnrezxm44k6buzgdx2a