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Design for the Aging Mind - Solutions for Every Setting Workshop

When: September 19, 2019
Time: 9:00am Eastern
What: Agenda
Price: $515



Today’s designers, architects and healthcare providers are faced with an unprecedented demand to address design challenges presented by a rapidly aging global population. While design solutions have long been addressing the physical needs presented by people as they age, the need to consider and deploy design solutions that assist with challenges posed by the aging mind are also essential.

In this one day intensive workshop, expert faculty will share current challenges posed when the mind ages, discuss design interventions that can assist people (and their care givers) with those challenges, and present case studies and best practices that integrate architecture, design and technology into healthy, safe living environments. You’ll discuss the state-of-the-practice in care for people suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s and other memory issues and explore future potential design interventions that enable their care.  




Location Information

Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
401 West Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
TEL: 1-443-573-8700

Rooms available:
September 16-19

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Learning Objectives

  • Identify the unique characteristics of the aging mind and how they influence individuals’ perceptions of and relationships to their physical surroundings.
  • Identify aspects of the built environment that hinder memory care and design interventions that better enable memory care.
  • Apply current design research findings to the design of personal and public spaces for people suffering from memory issues.
  • Weigh the value of various design interventions depending on the needs of a given identified population.



Presenting Faculty

Principal, JSR Associates, Inc.
Opening Keynote: Human Interaction & The Physical Environment

As person-centered care evolves, there is a third leg needed for the proverbial “three-legged stool” that must be evaluated during the planning and programming of multigenerational communities and the incorporation of those requiring memory care. This is the understanding of the human interaction within spaces, including identification of what entails a meaningful interaction and true engagement, what interactions build socialization and neighboring, and what are the supportive spaces that enhance and encourage human interaction. This presentation will include examples of integrating various voices into the planning and programming of spaces as part of community development that serves multigenerational settings, supports those with various abilities, and the resulting ultimate positive outcomes.


Principal | Senior Medical Planner, HGA
Next Generation Household Design: The VA’s New Small House Design Guide

In 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a design guide for Community Living Centers (CLCs). This guide represented a drastic change from previous institutional models for short‐ and long-term care to a residential model. In early 2016, the VA embarked on a process to reimagine its CLCs and develop the next‐generation household design, creating the Small House Model Design Guide. The new design guide pushes the household model of care further, with a focus on renovation, scalability, and flexibility between levels of care.

This presentation will help you gain insight into the VA’s specific approach to small house design, understand the process the VA undertook to examine existing communities and apply what was learned to new design guidelines. You will also learn which design elements allow for flexibility between different types of care and discover approaches to renovate existing institutional environments into small house models.

Gary Fischer, AIA 
Senior Healthcare Architect, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 
Next Generation Household Design: The VA’s New Small House Design Guide




Addie Abushousheh, PhD, Assoc. AIA, EDAC
Research Associate, The Center for Health Design
Designing for Memory Care

The number of individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (ADoD) is growing exponentially; design is an under-utilized resource that can dramatically improve the quality of living for the millions of individuals living with ADoD. This course is designed to help those designing settings for memory care specifically, as well as benefit individuals designing within the continuum of healthcare environments. Additionally, because of the prevalence of dementia outside of healthcare settings, the information has relevance to residential, commercial, hospitality and other applications. Attendees learn about normal changes associated with aging as well as information about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias before beginning an in-depth exploration of the ways in which the designed environment can serve as a therapeutic resource to support and enable aging individuals, and especially those with ADoD.

Amy Carpenter, AIA, LEED AP, Vice President, SFCS Architects

Forget Me Not: My Experience Living with Dementia

Architects try to design with an understanding of resident needs and how they experience their physical environment.  But how do you truly understand the experience of a resident with dementia?  Working with Gerontologist and researcher Addie Abushousheh and using a toolkit inspired by the Virtual Dementia Tour, Ms. Carpenter immersed herself in several different memory care settings and used that experience to change the way her firm designs for Memory Care, as well as other care settings.  This session will share a little about her dementia experience and show case studies of different care environments to demonstrate what works and what needs to change.


Maggie Calkins, PhD, EDAC, FGSA
Board Chair, IDEAS
Size Matters, But So Does Layout: Environments for People Living with Dementia

There is clear evidence that the designed environment has an impact of the activities, functional abilities and well-being of individuals living with dementia.  We also know that smaller is better: that shared residential settings should not accommodate 30-60 people to be considered supportive.  What isn’t so clear are the differences between 10, 16, 20 or 24 residents, or the relative merits of an open plan layout versus hallway-based plan versus hybrid plans. This session explores a number of different  approaches to designing environments for people living with dementia, discusses pros and cons of different solutions, and summarizes some of the evidence-based for these different designs.