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Workshop: Design for Healthy Aging: Solutions Across the Continuum of Care

When: August 17 - August 18, 2022
Time: 8:00am Pacific
What: Agenda
Price: FREE

Virtual Workshop Hours: 

August 17:

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacfic 
11:00 AM -  2:30 PM Eastern

August 18:

8:00 AM - 11:30 AM Pacfic 
11:00 AM -  2:30 PM Eastern

4.0 CEUs


As individuals age, physical, mental, and societal challenges become more prevalent. This intensive virtual workshop explores those obstacles and discusses programming and design interventions that can assist individuals and care givers. Expert faculty will present examples that integrate architecture, design and technology into living environments that are not only safe, but foster wellness and longevity. 

Together, faculty and attendees will explore gaps in the current system and consider the latest in design thinking for healthy aging in various settings across the continuum of care. Our experts will also identify state-of-the-art best practices and possible new solutions that enhance access to nature, engagement with technology, resilience, and meaning and purpose. Through presentations, case studies and panel discussions, attendees will gain new insights, have opportunities to pose questions to workshop faculty, and interact with fellow attendees in fun and innovative ways.  



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Presenting Faculty

Welcome Opening Remarks & Introductions

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




Opening Keynote: Aging Well with Dementia

Alzheimer’s and other progressive forms of dementia are amongst the most dreaded diagnoses people can receive. There is no effective cure, and for decades the focus was primarily on the downward trajectory of loss: loss of thinking abilities, loss of autonomy, loss of dignity, loss of friendships, loss of respect - and the list goes on. 
Margaret Calkins, M.Arch, PhD, EDAC, FGSA
Board Chair
IDEAS Institute




Presentation — Designing for the 100-Year Life and an Active Aging Future

Gensler’s Senior Living leaders Tama Duffy Day, Chris Dos Santos, and Jeremy Southerland and the Gensler Research Institute’s Michelle DeCurtis share the latest research, trends, and “future of” thoughts across a myriad of space types that will undeniably impact the future of aging and the senior living industry.

Senior Living Leader, Principal




Audience Q&A with Panelists


Morning Wrap Up


Presentation — Next Generation Senior Living, One Example in the Pacific Northwest

CEO Vassar Byrd will review the guiding design principles and practices that have shaped a unique life plan community in Portland, Oregon. Known for its award-winning designs garnered over the past ten years of redevelopment and renewal, the difference at Rose Villa is more than beautiful buildings or even its net zero energy focused neighborhoods. The philosophy and approach focus on meeting residents where they are at, and tending to the social connection as much as the geographic one.

Vassar T. Byrd
Rose Villa Senior Living




Presentation —  Affordable Housing Strategies that Promote Personal Well-Being and Success   

Too often affordable housing interventions have delineated islands of need that perpetuate barriers to successful community living. We can and will do better! MKM architecture + design principal Dodd Kattman will address beneficial goals and highlight positive examples of inclusive housing strategies that encourage personal well-being.

Dodd Kattman, AIA, LEED AP
MKM architecture + design




Audience Q&A with Afternoon Presenters


Day #1 Wrap Up


Day #2 Welcome — Observations & Reflections

Join workshop faculty as they reflect on key takeaways from Day #1 and discuss their implications.


Presentation — Creating Environments Where Everyone Thrives

Each and every one of us desires a life filled with meaning and purpose - this desire doesn’t change because someone is living with dementia. Join Jennifer Brush and learn how to create a physical and social environment that focuses on building community, maximizing individuals’ preserved abilities, and improving staff satisfaction. 

Jennifer Brush, MA, CCC/SLP
Brush Development




Presentation — Therapeutic Spaces for Healthy Aging: Integrating Biophilic Design for Human and Environmental Wellbeing

Residential environments for the aged have long been neglected by architects and designers. In light of renewed focus on healthy long term care due to COVID-19, this presentation will focus on how biophilic design, which relates to people’s natural affinity to nature and other forms of life, can be harnessed as a therapeutic strategy that can result in both environmentally high-performing and therapeutic living environments. 

Terri Peters, PhD, Architect ARB, WELL AP, LEED GA
Assistant Professor
Toronto Metropolitan University




Morning Wrap Up


Presentation — Architecture as a Tool for Inclusion

Architecture matters, and designers have the ability to bring people together through their work. The presenter will explore 5 pillars of inclusion making the case for how architecture and planning is being used as a tool for social impact. They will then highlight two case studies, The Pryde and Project Q Communities, both communities that focus on creating housing of belonging and inclusion for LGBTQ older adults.

Philippe Saad, AIA, LEED AP
DiMella Shaffer




Presentation — Memory Care for Dementia Patients Residing Within and Discharged from Correctional Settings

Older adults represent the fastest growing segment of the population, including those who are incarcerated with multiple chronic, medical and cognitive challenges. Presenters will discuss the development of the first Memory Disorder Unit for inmates, modeled after nursing home memory care units, and share how to improve care within civilian long-term care communities for individuals who are disproportionately prone to violent symptomatic behaviors. 


Audience Q&A with Afternoon Presenters


Day #2 Wrap Up