New ways of working to meet one of the greatest public diseases of our time.

Dementia-friendly Helsingborg is one of five hypothesis labs in the (researching) city. We test our hypothesis that starting from the target group and creating dementia-friendly meetings, activities and environments can increase the quality of life.

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We have an increasing proportion of older people in our city. By 2030, the proportion of Helsingborgers over the age of 80 will have increased by 40 % compared with 2020. We also know that the risk of developing dementia increases significantly after the age of 80. Today, 2100 Helsingborgers live with a diagnosis of dementia and a large majority remain at home.


Dementia-friendly society is a priority in our national plan for dementia care and is also something that is worked on internationally. A dementia-friendly society means, among other things, that we as a society have knowledge of dementia diseases and that we adapt and facilitate for those with cognitive difficulties. An administration alone does not solve that challenge. Together, six municipal administrations, our municipal housing company Helsingborgshem and researchers from Lund University are working to explore new ways of working together based on two tracks - disseminating knowledge about dementia and dementia-friendly outdoor environments.

By using each other's skills in new ways, we create new values and test new ways to involve the target group. An example is the outdoor environment track where we in the creation of a mental garden involved people with dementia and their relatives to better understand their needs in the outdoor environment. Through outdoor workshops in Husensjö park, we have gained new insights which, together with existing research in the area, form the basis for the design of the site. Researchers from Lund University are part of the working group, they engage in participant-based research and support the learning process. The results from the research questions are continuously integrated into the ongoing work and are a way of bringing academia and practice closer together. The working method is unlike anything else we have previously tested in this area in the city. Even from a national perspective, our way of tackling the challenge is new.

Dementia-friendly outdoor environment Husensjö: 3.5 million

Research R & D: 1.3 million

Impact target

Increased quality of life for our residents.

Impact target

Developed an agile, scalable and inclusive model for dementia-friendly outdoor environments.

Impact target

Laid the foundation for an innovative and accessible way of working with competence-enhancing initiatives that can be about various issues - not just dementia

Impact target

Contributed to building a structure that better supports cooperation across administrations, as well as population- and needs-centered working methods

Resident involvement

People with dementia and their relatives are involved in the development of the outdoor environment and we are testing new ways to understand their needs. Dialogue has been initiated with residents and organizations in the area around Husensjö park. Dialogue is ongoing with preschools and schools to involve the children who stay in the immediate area, both in terms of Husensjö park and the walkway in Mariastaden. Dialogue with residents, traders, associations, politicians and officials is planned to take place in the autumn of 2021.

  • Challenge

    How do we meet our elderly resident’s new and growing needs?

  • Category


  • Estimated budget

    4800000 kr

  • Partners

    Research and Development Unit (R&D), Helsingborgshem, The Cultural Administration, Linköping University, Lunds university, The school and leisure administration, The social administration, The City Building Administration, The care and welfare administration


Name: True Melling
E-mail: sanna.melling@helsingborg.se

Name: Maria Rosendahl
E-mail: maria.rosendahl@helsingborg.se