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The Changemaker: Transforming Environmental Design and Standards of Care for Older Adults

When: December 6, 2022
Time: 10:00am Pacific
Price: FREE

1.5 units EDAC continuing education
1.5 units AIA continuing education**
IDCEC credit also available**

CEU forms will be made available day of webinar


A live, virtual, insight-filled conversation with 2022’s Environments for Aging Changemaker Award recipient Dr. Margaret Calkins.

Dialogue Details

  • 90 minutes
  • Guided panel discussion
  • Interactive, live attendee chat with extended, facilitated Q&A
  • Post-dialogue recording, resources, and chat notes


Over the past several decades, the evolution of design for environments for aging has seen dramatic, and often times revolutionary changes that have had profound, positive impacts on the lives of older people. These changes have been shepherded by icons of the industry whose leadership has had lasting impact. 

This webinar offers a once-in-a-lifetime chance to hear from an internationally recognized titan in the field of environments for aging—Dr. Margaret (Maggie) Calkins, and the recipient of the 2022 Center for Health Design Changemaker Award—who will share her insights on how design of environments for people as they age has evolved and where the industry is headed.  

In this casual conversation with friend and colleague, Addie Abushousheh, Maggie will share her real-world experiences and memorable stories from her career including her crusade to advocating for environments that are supportive of residents with Alzheimer’s and other dementias, advancing the field of environmental gerontology, and conducting critical research in a then male-dominated field. Most importantly, the conversation will help guide attendees towards a path forward and shed light on their view of the opportunities to positively affect trajectory and momentum of change within the industry. 


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VOICES is The Center for Health Design’s premier visionary discussion forum. These hosted interactive webinar panels engage key leaders, from across our industry in discussions that address critical issues, trends, and opportunities of importance in Healthcare and the future of the built environment.

  • Each session will feature a panel of exemplars who will share their experiences from their unique perspectives with a guided discussion and facilitated Q&A.
  • The facilitated format will have extended Q&A with live chat from virtual attendees, post-session recording, and chat notes available.
  • The series's goals are to help individuals and organizations make a difference by illuminating key opportunities, strategies, and innovations while providing a clear link to helpful and thought-provoking resources at the end of each session.  


Learning Objectives

  • Understand the history and evolution of environments that support memory care.
  • Consider how designing for diversity and equity is a process in “designing with”, not “for”.
  • Hear findings from elder experience research and their implications for design.
  • Consider research findings and their implications for universal design and user-centered design projects.



Presenting Faculty


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

Addie Abushousheh is a gerontologist, researcher, and consultant for organizational and environmental development in long-term care. She explores cultural and bio-psycho-social perspectives, organizational structures and processes, physical environments, workforce models, and regulatory and financial frameworks in relation to decision making, resource management, and quality improvement. With combined expertise in architecture, organizational development, aging and applied research, Dr. Abushousheh advances comprehensive and translational agendas related to quality assessment and performance improvement. Addie is a Research Associate with The Center for Health Design, an Adjunct Faculty member at Kent State University, and a Senior Living Advisor for Abacus Institute.



Margaret Calkins, M.Arch, PhD, EDAC, FGSA
Board Chair, IDEAS Institute

Dr. Calkins is nationally recognized as a creative, dynamic leader, trainer and researcher in the field of environments for elders.  She is Board Chair of IDEAS Institute, an independent research institute dedicated to exploring the therapeutic potential of the environment--social and organizational as well as physical--particularly as it relates to frail and impaired older adults. She is a highly sought after speaker for conferences in the US and abroad.  She has published extensively and received over $6m in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and foundations to develop training resources and explore the impact of the environment on people with dementia.  She has served on numerous board, both local and national, including the Pioneer Network, Green House, Advancing Excellence, and the Cleveland Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.  She was a founding member of SAGE- Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments, and is on the Editorial Board for The Gerontologist, Journal of Housing and the Elderly, Journal of Clinical Psychology and Health Environments Research & Design Journal among other journals.