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Did you know that November is National Gratitude Month? I was happy to discover that there is an entire month dedicated to recognizing, practicing and expressing gratitude, beyond the one November day we generally associate with being thankful.

In both my personal and professional life I’ve found gratitude – both giving and receiving – to be a powerful force with infinite benefits. It can be a lifechanging tool for improving mental and physical health, job satisfaction and overall happiness. And since gratitude costs nothing to give, practicing gratitude at work and home just makes good sense.

What am I grateful for?

For family and friends to share the happy times with, and who help me get through the tough times.

For the privilege of working with amazing people in an industry that has real human impact, making a positive difference in people’s lives.

For the opportunity every day to learn something new, do something new, meet someone new, and make the next day better than the last.

At The Center, we make it a point, at every opportunity, in ways big and small, to express our immeasurable gratitude for:

Our volunteers – speakers, jurors, ambassadors, advocates, board & committee members, and so many more – who share our passion and always say “yes”;

The Center’s staff – a hardworking group, smaller than most would imagine, that produce an unimaginable depth and breadth of invaluable work;

Our donors, sponsors and partners, whose financial support enables us to do more, reach more, and change more than we could ever do on our own; and,

The folks on the front line who are making change happen – educators, students, clinicians, researchers, architects, designers, solutions providers, healthcare providers and so many more who are working to improve healthcare environments.

Thank you all, with gratitude now and always.

Be well,

Debra Levin, Hon. FASID, EDAC
President and CEO


Design for Aging Webinar


Bright Days and Dark Nights – An Important New Direction for Senior Living
Thursday, November 17, 2022
10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
Affiliate Discounts Apply
CEUs Available

Light and dark are the strongest signals affecting the human biological clock, a physiological system that affects every part of the body. For seniors especially, the consequences of inappropriate light exposure are poor sleep quality and immune system health, and cognitive decline. How can we alleviate lighting challenges in senior living facilities? Register to explore research and design strategies that can mitigate challenges to the aging eye and cognition.

Learn more and register here.


2023 David A. Green Memorial Award

Are you a rising star in the senior-living industry? The application process for the 2023 David A. Green Memorial Award is open. Presented by SAGE and named after its founder, the award provides an Environments for Aging Conference Experience – registration, transportation, lodging, meals and more – to a promising new practitioner in the senior-living industry.

Apply here.

Design the Long Life You Love

2022 EFA Conference + Expo keynote speaker Ayse Birsel is a designer and innovator who uses foundational principles to design products that solve complex problems. Her new book, Design the Long Life You Love: A Step-by-Step Guide to Love, Purpose, Well-Being, and Friendship comes out December 6.

Purchase her book here.


Free Tools & Resources

Voices of the Industry

The Changemaker: Looking Back to Move Forward
November 30, 2022
12:00 PM PST / 3:00 PM EST
FREE | CEUs Available

The evolution of healthcare design has seen dramatic, and often times revolutionary changes shepherded by icons of the industry whose leadership has had lasting impact.

Hosted by industry luminary Kirk Hamilton and WJH Health President and CEO Bill Hercules, this exchange with 2022 Changemaker Ray Pentecost of Texas A&M University will share his real-world experiences, memorable stories from his career and most importantly, shed light on the future of healthcare delivery and design.

Register here.

A SAGE Post-Occupancy Evaluation of Brio of Johnston

November 16, 2022
10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST
FREE | CEUs Available

A multi-disciplinary team from SAGE conducted a post-occupancy evaluation (POE) of the award winning Brio of Johnston, A WesleyLife Community for Healthy Living. The team compared the designer’s stated design goals against the outcomes to see how the building was functioning for both residents and staff. Hear about the acoustical design strategies used and how evidence-based design can improve future building designs.

Learn more and register.

Upcoming Events

Make Sure to Get These Events on Your Calendar

11/17 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST, Webinar: Bright Days and Dark Nights – An Important New Direction for Senior Living

11/30 12:00 PM PST / 3:00 PM EST, Voices of the Industry Webinar: The Changemaker: Looking Back to Move Forward

12/8 10:00 AM PST / 1:00 PM EST, EBD Journal Club: Built Environment Design Interventions at the Exits of Secured Dementia Care Units: A Review of the Empirical Literature

1/9, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Call for Presentations

3/17, Deadline: 2023 Healthcare Design Conference + Expo Changemaker Award Nominations

Save These 2023 Workshop Dates

1/26 8:00 AM PST / 11:00 AM EST, Design for Healthy Aging (Virtual)
Free Registration Now Open

3/22-23, The Future of Healthcare (Virtual)

5/25, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (Virtual)

7/27, Modular Design and Prefabrication (Virtual)

9/28, Behavioral and Mental Health Design (In-person)

Get Workshop Updates Here

Classic Resources

Slidecast: Hospital Greenspaces and The Impacts on Wayfinding and Spatial Experience

Healthcare facilities are notoriously complex spaces, and wayfinding is a common challenge. There is evidence from previous studies that certain design interventions can improve wayfinding, such as environmental cues and clear signage. But people from different backgrounds interpret signage differently, and we need to think about other ways design can support navigation.

Observing participants through an immersive virtual environment (IVE), researchers randomly assigned one of two IVEs to college students. In the “greenspace group,” courtyard gardens were visible at four key decision points in the circulation space, whereas in the control group, circulation consisted of solid walls with no window views.

View the slidecast.

Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC)

EDAC is an internationally recognized certification program that recognizes individuals who demonstrate an understanding of how to apply an evidence-based design process. Learn about the certification process, resources to help you prepare for and pass the EDAC exam, and the benefits of becoming part of a global community of forward thinking, evidence-based design advocates and practitioners.

Register for the exam by January 31, 2023, take the exam risk-free, and save 10%.

Get the details here.

Industry News Briefs

Spreading The News on Behavioral Health Crisis Units

Although behavioral health services have expanded, EDs are often the only option for patients experiencing acute behavioral crises such as profound psychosis, aggressive or agitated behavior, intoxication, and/or suicidal tendencies. Unfortunately, many EDs lack appropriate treatment spaces for these patients. Most EDs either hold these patients for extended periods or transfer them to an inpatient bed—neither of which are ideal from an operational, financial, or treatment perspective.
Healthcare Design Magazine,

Bridging The Gaps Between Technology and Healthcare Design

With rapidly advancing technology, healthcare researchers are focused on orienting the healthcare system towards a physically disintegrated and digitally seamless care delivery model. In the near future, digital healthcare will incorporate IoT (Internet of things), make the best use of technology, and manifest into a model that is more efficient and resilient than the current one.
ETHealthWorld,

Hospital Cleaning Practices Need Improvement

Infection control and environmental hygiene practices appear to have room for improvement across healthcare facilities around the world, according to the results of a new global pilot survey. Among 51 responding healthcare facilities from 35 nations of varying income levels, nearly all reported some deficit in their practices related to cleaning all surfaces of a hospital room, according to the American Journal of Infection Control.
Healthcare Facilities Today,

Solving Rural Health is Key to a Better Healthcare System

The healthcare delivery system that supports rural America is chronically ill. It has quietly suffered for decades, declining despite various attempts to solve its many complicating factors. Given the systemic challenges already facing rural America, it is not surprising that the early part of the Covid-19 pandemic had a devastating impact on these communities that persists today, highlighting the need for solutions that will reverse the current situation and help drive better health outcomes.
MedCity News,

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