Associate Professor, Department of Human Ecology, University of Alberta
“Embedded Connectivity through Dementia Care by Design”
Dr. Strickfaden designs products which include furniture, fixtures, interactive exhibition designs, a DIY solar panel, steam protective clothing for people in the oil/gas sector, and most recently outdoor winter sporting gear for the seated clientele. She has produced and directed more than a dozen film and television segments since 2011 including Light in the Borderlands (2013), Evolving Lines (2015), Dementia Care by Design (2015) and The Cigarette (2016). Her research program, that has brought in nearly CAN$3 million, focuses on looking into how specialty environments and products support quality of life for people with different abilities including older adults. Current projects include researching: how disability is represented at museums around the world; de Hogeweyk (dementia village) in the Netherlands; care environments in China towards curriculum development; the clothing taskscape towards better designed specialized apparel; and conducting precedent-based research on technologies that assist caregivers.