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Webinar: Forget Me Not: My Experience Living with Dementia

When: April 16, 2020
Time: 12:00pm Pacific
Price: FREE

1 unit EDAC continuing education
1 unit AIA continuing education
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms available for download during webinar


What is it really like to live with Dementia? How does someone with Dementia view and experience the built environment in which they live? Is there an experiential difference between care models? These were some of the questions that a team of senior living experts tackled by utilizing dementia simulation techniques, while living as memory care residents in various communities across the United States.  This webinar will share the results of this unique research project, tell their stories and first hand perspectives, and uncover what is working and what is not in various care environments. Through this alternative vision, attendees will benefit from these researchers’ findings and insights as they consider the design of environments for this significant group of elders.


Learning Objectives

  • Get a peek “behind the veil” of Dementia and understand the resident experience within a care setting.
  • Discover how the design of the built environment can support or challenge residents and what you can do differently.
  • Understand why “negative behaviors” associated with Dementia might not be what they seem, and how design can help mitigate those behaviors.
  • Hear about this research approach and how you can conduct similar research in your own community to inform design decisions.


Presenting Faculty

Amy Carpenter, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Associate, SFCS Architects

Amy Carpenter, AIA, NCARB, LEED® AP is a Principal in SFCS’s Philadelphia regional office. Named a “Leader of Tomorrow” by Long Term Living, Amy has over 25 years of experience with the past 20 years focused on senior living design. Amy is a former board member of both White Horse Village, a CCRC outside of Philadelphia, and SAGE (Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments). She has led the Post-Occupancy Evaluation effort for SAGE for the last five years.

Amy also has a passion for shaping our nation’s model codes to better suit person-directed care.  She has sits on the International Code Council (ICC) Health Care Committee and has been a General Committee member for the ICC 2015, 2018 and 2021 code cycles.   Amy frequently speaks at conferences such as Environments for Aging, Leading Age and Pioneer Network.